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Driving a minibus is not difficult but it is significantly different from driving a car. Minibuses are larger, longer, wider and heavier than a car, and steering, cornering and braking characteristics are markedly different. This familiarisation course focuses on the differences of driving a large, passenger carrying vehicle along with the responsibilities of passenger safety. It develops a drivers’ concentration, observation, anticipation and planning skills so as to prevent accidents.

Who will benefit?

  • Companies, in support of their road risk strategy, and promoting good safety and welfare practices for employees
  • Individuals who have D1 on their licence (all licences issued pre 1997) and wish to adapt their skills to minibus driving
  • Individuals who wish to improve their driving safety standards as part of their work or private motoring
  • Schools / college / university / groups who regularly use this type of transport

Objectives of the course:

  • To demonstrate the significant differences between car and minibus driving
  • Provide an understanding of the principles and skills of defensive driving to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers
  • Ensure the safety and comfort of passengers
  • Demonstrate and develop a systematic approach to hazards
  • Put those skills into practice and reduce the risk of being in an accident
  • Focus on passenger safety

What’s covered?

  • Theory session covering the principles of minibus driving and the Highway Code
  • Pre-drive checks to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy and the functions are familiar to the driver
  • Steering, maneuvering, cornering and braking
  • Passenger safety and loading
  • Practical coaching session to develop heightened perception skills and ‘system’ driving
  • Demonstration drive with commentary
  • Individual driving assessment providing constructive advice and encouragement
  • Discussion of learning points and key areas for development
  • How human factors (attitude, fatigue etc.) can affect performance
  • Debrief, assessment report and certificate

Duration: 1 day

Ratio: 1:1 pupils/trainer

Venue: Courses available throughout the UK

Vehicle: Clients’ own or MAC vehicle supplied

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