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Monday, 09 September 2019 14:50

Member of the Month - September 2019

Our September Member of the Month is Priority Driver Training. Adrian Baldry explains the importance of Advanced Driver Training in the workplace.

Adrian BaldryPriority Driver Training’s director Adrian Baldry set up his business after many years of working firstly with learner drivers before moving into fleet driver training.

Adrian gained his experience by working as a consultant for many of the national driver training companies, as their man in the area, and now offers bespoke training for all your on road employees.

He is now a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor, DVSA Fleet driver Trainer, SAFED accredited for Vans Trainer, a ROSPA Gold Advanced Driver and an approved Energy Savings Trust Trainer.

Driving is often neglected in workplace risk assessments but is in fact the most statistically dangerous workplace activity. According to the Health and Safety executive a quarter of all collisions involve someone driving for work. Therefore, it is essential that employers ensure driving is given as much scrutiny as any other piece of equipment.

We often get told: “we have no drivers”. But while it does not say driver on the job description, how much time do their have technicians, sales and marketing staff spend on road? This could be your sales reps that cover the country visiting customers or a new driver who now needs to drive a van.

Advanced driver training will help reduce the risk of your valuable member of staff being involved in a serious or fatal collision. Remember, as their employer you have a duty of care to ensure any workplace activity does not put them, fellow employees or members of the public at risk.

But, I hear you say, “They have passed the driving test, so they must be ok?”  

Think back to passing your driving test, how many hours did it take you to pass, did it give you the skills to drive 50,000 miles a year, did involve driving on country roads or motorways?

As an employer this is where you may need to ensure they have correct training. Most tests are on urban roads and that’s where most instructors will teach. ~Unfortunately, 60% of all fatal road collisions are in non-built up areas. Is this where your customer is located?

Assessing and training your drivers may at first seem an unnecessary expense, but many of the major companies in the UK and across the globe have found that a little investment can reduce collision damage, fuel usage and in time reduce insurance premiums.

In the last decades, engine technology and performance of cars has improved rapidly, while most drivers have not adapted their driving style. Eco driving represents a driving culture which suits modern engines and makes best use of advanced vehicle technologies. Eco driving offers numerous benefits, including GHG emissions reductions, fuel cost savings, as well as greater safety and comfort.

How much damage is caused at low speed while reversing? Priority Driver Training

The answer is a considerable amount, 53% of all claims to insurance companies come from slow speed collisions. We look at safer methods for reversing vans that give the driver more vision and for all drivers we adopt parking techniques that reduce the risks when moving off, both to other vehicles and pedestrians.

If you think training your new or existing staff would benefit your company, then please contact me or visit my website.

Adrian Baldry, Priority Driver Training