Fleet Driver Training and Courses

At AHD Driver Training Ltd, we have experience of carrying out Fleet Driver Training within large and small companies. This experience includes training the driver within their own car or leased company vehicle to using their company van, to a long wheel based vehicle.

Two Common Vans We Provide Training In (Our training takes place in your own van):

  • Mercedes Sprinter – This is one of the most common vans we provide driver training in.  Our tutors have many years experience in delivering van driver training in such vehicles.
  • Ford Transit/Luton – Perhaps the most well known of all vans. We can provide van driver training in all vans as well as car-derived vans. With our van driver training we do focus more on manoeuvres and mirror use, as this is essential when driving such a large vehicle, with limited rear vision.Course Content:
    • Forward planning and observation.
    • Rules of the road – Highway Code refresher of the rules
    • Van Manoeuvres (Right reverse around a corner and bay parking (both left/right)
    • Advanced mirror use
    • Assessing limit points in relation to a bend
    • All weather driving
    • Vehicle handling with loads
    • Space management and awareness
    • Motorway, Town and Rural driving techniques

    Following the course each driver will get a full driving report outlining what was covered, and their overall risk.

    Don’t have a van? We don’t supply vans for training. However, if you would like a session and need a van, we would recommend hiring a van local to yourself, and training can then be arranged to start from the van hire depot. A number of customers who needed van training but did not have access to a van opted for this.

  • How a Course Runs:Our courses tend to be road-based although on occasion we have been asked to also include a theory based session to suit your driver’s individual needs.  In-car training takes place in a drivers own car/van. The course is bespoke and based on the needs of the driver, although follows a set format, which covers:

    1. An Initial Drive – In order to assess the drivers level of experience and skill after the initial introductions and vehicle safety checks.  The driver should drive the way they normally do with no input from the tutor, for around 20 minutes.

    An assessment of the driving is carried out and this forms an excellent basis to build on the session, as both the driver and tutor can see the areas which need most development. This helps create a truly bespoke training session.

    2. Coaching – The driver is asked for their ‘3’ priority needs from the initial driving session to be given coaching on, with the Tutor continually referring back to what the individual driver feels are ‘their own needs’ for the session rather than what the Tutor feels ‘should’ be worked on.  Techniques used such as (s)ituation (b)ehaviour and (i)mpact during the coaching session are used in order for the driver to have a better understanding of what they need to work on during the session.  Training takes place on a range of roads including urban driving, out of town (rural) driving,  and motorway/dual carriageways.

    3. Debrief – At the end of the course there will be a two way debrief, where the tutor will provide feedback on the session, and where feedback from the driver is also encouraged.

    A comprehensive Training Report for each driver will be provided at the end of the session.  A .pdf report will be sent to you around 3 days after each training session.

WHY HAVE TRAINING?

The Corporate Manslaughter Bill became law on the 6th April 2008.  The Act introduces an important new option for very serious senior management failures which result in fatality.  Prosecutions will be of the corporate body, not individuals, but the ability to prosecute directors or other individuals under health and safety law or the general criminal law, in appropriate cases, will be unaffected.  The corporate body itself and individuals can also still be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences.

Employers have a ‘duty of care’ for their drivers who use a vehicle within work time to carry out business on behalf of the company they work for.  Some organisations may extend their Fleet Driver Training to employees who only drive to/from work and individuals that may have a ‘car share’ to/from work. Again, there are Fleet Risk Management procedures that have to cover this particular type of driver training.  One large organisation that our company works for in Corporate Fleet Management insists that all employees undertaking Fleet Driver Training courses complete an ‘online’ Fleet Risk Management computer programme that depending on their answers to the questions, marks the employee either low risk, medium risk or high risk.

Depending on the scoring, and in particular if in the ‘High – Extreme’ risk category MUST complete a 1-1 driver training ‘on-road’ session. After the 1-1 Fleet driver training session, the driver is given a revised score from what was achieved on the ‘on-line’ session and MUST appear in the low risk category in order to qualify to drive on company business.  The driver has to show on the ‘1-1’ Fleet Driver Training session that they have shown genuine improvement.  Scoring is completed with the driver present after discussing all improvement areas with that individual.

Just one of the important reasons why it is important to seek Fleet Risk Management through your Corporate Fleet Management Department and contact us without delay so that we can help you to get your employees Fleet Risk Management checked.

There have been lots of cases where van drivers, possibly due to being in a hurry to deliver their goods and feeling under pressure to do so, have reversed into members of the public.  One such case involved two ladies, one of whom following the accident had a stroke and died.  The driver will never be able to forget that incident and will have to live with his decision he made on that fateful day. If he had got out of his vehicle to assess the risks, he may well have seen the 2 ladies and even asked one of them to assist him in reversing, but instead drove into them both!!

Remember if you can’t see around your vehicle from being sat in the driver’s seat you can use the simple method of:

(G) o (O)ut (A)nd (L)ook!

Simple and yet extremely effective when faced with having to reverse an SPV or LWB vehicle.