Driver Assessments and Defensive Driver Training
We conduct driving assessments and defensive driver training nationwide. It can take place as part of a drivers daily routine to reduce impact on your business, or conducted locally in and around your premises. Our 2 assessors are highly trained and have over 50 years combined driving experience, they have both trained, assessed and tested members of the armed forces and diplomats in the UK and around the world.
What's it for?
Drivers are too often recruited without any form of validated assessment. Whilst they have the necessary “License” to drive the proposed vehicle, this does not verify their actual skills, knowledge and legal obligations involved in their day to day activities.
Due to ever changing regulations, transport companies have to protect themselves by knowing that the drivers they hire have the working knowledge and understanding of their legal requirements; not just that they can drive and have a license to do so; otherwise they may be putting their O license at risk!
Transport companies also have to be confident that they can trust the driver with their equipment, e.g. a 44 tonne artic carrying a full load (which could exceed £100,000 on the road). They need to be comfortable that this is being done legally and whilst carrying the reputation and legal responsibilities of the company. They need to know that this is being done SAFELY, SECURELY and LEGALLY.
A driving assessment normally takes 1 to 2 hours per driver and is conducted similar to a vocational driving test. The focus is more towards assessing the drivers basic “day to day” skills and knowledge required by law and the company they are representing and not a measure of the drivers CPC.
The suite is applicable to both the recruitment of new drivers and existing drivers and has been developed to cater for all employment scenarios such as full time, part time, agency and owner drivers.
The assessments are not designed to "Catch out" but to provide the business with practical, demonstrable assessment records of drivers' knowledge before "commitment to employment" or "hire" when recruiting and/or the identification of training needs and knowledge gaps thereafter.
We recognise that during the recruitment process for new drivers whether directly or through agencies, employers are exposed to unnecessary risks in a number of areas that could be easily mitigated.
Driver assessments are necessary for a variety of reasons. For a start, it can actually improve driver performance and reduce company costs.
Coupling and Uncoupling
Following the correct procedure can be a challenge, many trailers are dropped every year when drivers don’t follow the correct process. Assessments can often reduce costs and down time for companies and improve driver performance.
Slow Speed Manoeuvring
Many drivers spend hours mile after mile driving forwards and less than 1% of time reversing. 60% of all accidents happen when reversing. It costs the industry thousands each year in repair costs and down time.