The DRIVER Programme© 

This is our Gold Standard Course. It is designed to provide one full day of training using a structured programme to help organisations effectively manage their on road risk.

This course will be of value if you have already identified a high risk driver or your organisation has the flexibility to release staff from the workplace for a whole day allowing them to benefit from this extended training opportunity.

The DRIVER Programme©

  • Interactive presentation which can include your on road policies and procedures

  • Driving licence visual check, eyesight and vehicle checks

  • Record of the session including recommendations for improvement and highlighting what has been achieved

  • In car coaching focusing on the developmental needs of the driver and company requirements

  • Vehicle sympathy and eco driving is developed

  • Elimination of high risk driving styles

  • Review of perfomance with a training report including a before and after risk assessment and action plan

The Course

The course commences with a presentation which is designed to be interactive and to develop your driver’s understanding of on road risk and responsibility. This presentation is an opportunity to include your policies and procedures for managing on road risk. It is also an opportunity to communicate any safety messages you may wish to include such as the use of mobile phones and speeding.

After eye sight and visual driving licence checks we move on to consider vehicle safety checks.  Information will be provided about what should be checked, how and when to ensure vehicles remain road worthy. The consequences for failing to make these checks are highlighted. This module is made relevant to your drivers because the information given will be tailored to their experience and needs. For example, some drivers will be very experienced and may not need to be shown how to check their vehicle because they already make regular checks. This can be verified by asking them simple questions such as where the bonnet release is and the correct tyre pressures for their vehicle.  Other drivers may welcome the opportunity to physically make the checks under supervision so they know how to check their particular vehicle. In poor lighting or weather conditions it may not be practical to make vehicle checks unless there is a covered area to use. You can stipulate any vehicle checks or vehicle safety information you wish to be included. You also have the option to decide how you want this module delivered. For example, included as part of the presentation or vehicle checks being carried out.

An in car risk assessment is then completed which provides an initial risk assessment grade and a performance benchmark. This is completed by allowing the driver to drive in their normal driving style. Feedback is then given.

On road coaching is then provided which will focus on the developmental needs of your driver identified during the assessment drive and subsequent feedback. We build upon the candidate's existing strengths and experience and can also include any specific requirements highlighted by your company. 

Feedback is given throughout to help your driver develop their self-awareness. Focus is on eliminating high risk driving behaviour by developing skills such as observation and anticipation. It is also an opportunity to make sure your drivers have the road skills they need to stay safe. For example, checking junctions before entering, road position, following distance, awareness of other road users and defensive driving techniques.

It is also an opportunity to explore how driving is influenced by personality and emotions and how these factors impact upon our on road risk.  We will also explore how thoughts, feelings and beliefs, influence our on road risk, along with coping strategies to manage these risks. These human factors influence how we drive, the types of risks we are willing to take and the mistakes we are likely to make. Being human makes us prone to having accidents. Thinking about how being human influences how we drive can reduce this risk. For example, dealing with what gets us stressed before we get stressed and then drive or avoiding situations which we find difficult to cope such as time pressure, fatigue, motorways, distractions or other road user's aggression. 

An eco-style of driving will be developed. By putting into practice these techniques your driver will work towards reducing vehicle wear and tear, servicing costs and help to maintain residual fleet values.  Eco-driving techniques will also help to increase their miles per gallon (MPG) helping your company to save money. 

At the conclusion of the programme I will give your driver a copy of the session record I have completed which reinforces the verbal feedback given and provides recommendations for further improvement. This session record is very simple and provides a tick in a box for any areas which require further development. For example, the driver will clearly see if they have been following other vehicles too closely or if they have been driving too quickly for the conditions or speed limit etc. There will also be a brief bullet point action plan the driver can work towards implementing straight away without having to wait for a copy of the full written report or feedback from your mangers.

Please note a visual driving licence check has limited value. Only a licence check using DVLA records can provide accurate information about the status of an employee's driving licence.

Click here for more information about on line driving licence checking

Review and Report

Feedback is given throughout the course. Drivers are also encouraged to develop their self-awareness and self-reflection to review their own performance. By evaluating their own performance they are better placed to come up with their own solutions to manage any developmental areas they have identified.

Self- awareness and self-evaluation are key performance enhancing skills which allow an individual to develop and grow. Within the driving environment, the driver identifies areas of risk, understands this risk within the driving task and takes responsibility to improve. 

I will prepare a report which will compare the performance of your driver before and after training. Particularly useful if the delegate has already been identified as a high risk driver and there is a need to evidence that associated driving behaviours have been addressed or an opportunity provided for the driver to reduce their occupational road risk.

This report will include a final risk grading of low, medium or high. It will also include the initial risk assessment of your driver, identify what has been achieved post coaching, include an action plan for further development and further training recommendations. My reports now include a colour coded scoring template which makes it even easier to identify any areas of risk.

This report is an integral part of managing your occupational road risk. It should be used by company managers and supervisors as part of an ongoing risk management programme. 

The report will be forwarded via email to the designated point of contact within five working days following course completion.

If you are not sure how to use the report I will be available to offer you support via the phone.

 ALL TRAINING IS SUBJECT TO OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Click here for further information.

How can I help you to manage your road risk? Contact Alistair Stuart on 07813 824125 for further information or submit the form below.

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* Available throughout the UK mainland. Additional costs may be charged for mileage and/or overnight accommodation.