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Why Driver Training?

December 8, 2009

Can your drivers answer these simple questions?

What shape is a STOP sign?

  • What does an AMBER traffic light mean?
  • What do the numbers on the motorway markers posts mean?
  • What colour is a PRIMARY ROUTE sign?
  • What is the very first thing to be done at the scene of an accident?

The answers to all these question may be found in the current edition of The Highway Code.  This booklet represents excellent value at £1.49 with 100 pages of information, rules and advice.  If all road users complied with the simple rules contained within the booklet, road casualties would be dramatically reduced, fuel would be saved and journey times improved.

However, when was the last time we read The Highway Code?  Probably when we either took our initial driving test or supervising one of our children.  Every road user should really keep up to date with the changes, after all £2.50 every few years is a small price to pay when you consider the £18 million cost of all accidents in the UK.

Driver training is proven to reduce road risk, not only does it get the driver thinking about his or her driving standard but also teaches techniques of moving a vehicle along today’s congested road system more efficiently.  Did you know that you can shorten journey times by travelling slower?  This is one of the many techniques taught by MAC instructors on our one-day courses.

Forward observations are key to good driving, it gives the driver more time to anticipate the risk and plan a route through.  A lot of time is spent improving this discipline as time to react is the essential aspect of safe driving.  Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front, for example, gives this time.  So simple, yet why do we ignore it and close the safety gap?

MAC offers a variety of driver training programmes from straight forward 45 minute assessments of your drivers to full one-day on road refresher training.  Comprehensive written reports are supplied.  The majority of our courses are now externally accredited.

Of course you may wish to identify which of your drivers are most at risk before committing to a training and development programme.  In this case our on-line risk assessment may suit you.

To discuss these options why not contact the MAC office and chat to one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.  Remember that running a fleet of vehicles can be reduced by ensuring that your drivers are aware of their responsibilities and drive appropriately – according to the rules of The Highway Code.

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