What is it? Advanced driving is a generic term many people use and to different people it has different meanings.
There are several Advanced Driving Tests (RoSPA, IAM, DIAmond, Cardington Special test etc). To many people they refer to the Pass Plus scheme they took (6 hours after they passed their test to gain an insurance discount) as advanced driving.
The “official” or recognised definition is:
Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility. This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation, and planning. This must be co-ordinated with good handling skills. The vehicle will always be at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear.
When we as a company go into SMEs and Corporate organisations, the important thing is to help them decide what form of driver training will benefit them. The above definition does little to increase the profitability, compliance or fuel efficiency of the company. There needs to be a motivating factor, aim or reason for advanced driver training to be commissioned.
As a company what are your aims?
– To reduce collisions?
– To educate staff?
– To ensure policy is understood?
– To provide a training record for management?
– To improve fuel economy – Eco driver training?
– To provide defensive driving?
There may be further objectives specific to the company needs which need incorporating into a training session or workshop to ensure the aims or Key Performance Indicators are met. This is not wrong – each training sessions should be designed to cater specifically for the drivers of that company – not a different company.
How up to date are drivers with the latest changes in Law? An example are the changes in the penalties for Mobile Phone offences (March 2017) and fixed penalty fines (April 2017). How may these factors – and a drivers misunderstanding of them – possibly affect a company going forward?
How far does your definition of Advanced driving go? Where do you want it to go?
Where does your assumption of basic driving standards of your drivers start? Are we assuming they do not use a phone whilst driving? You have evidence of this? How are your policies underpinned? Will advanced driving underpin them?
In the worst case scenario, a driver driving for work will be in an incident where someone is killed, and the prosecution will be for causing death by either careless or dangerous driving. The controlling mind in the company may be in the dock at the side of the driver charged with Corporate Manslaughter depending on the company’s policies and the driver’s provable understanding of them.
A regularly updated e-learning module can update them and this will underpin the on road training included in an advanced driving session adding value.
Each driver is different and they deserve to be catered for as an individual within a group presentation. The driving abilities of each driver will vary, as will their ability to deal with the stresses of their job and the demands of the driving element of it.
What do you want Advanced driving to be for your specific needs? Because we can make it work for you and make it relevant to you needs.