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Occupational Road Risk

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What is "Occupational Road Risk"? It is a modern term for any period of time when a person undertakes any form of driving, either on the road, or off-road, for his or her employer, and the amount of risk that driver is exposed to. It is a legal requirement to regularly manage and assesss that risk and record it.

  1. For any person driving a company vehicle during work hours
  2. Helps to comply with risk assessments and training required under Health and Safety regulations
  3. Can introduce eco-driving principles to employees
  4. Informs delegates about their legal and moral responsibilities for maintaining a company vehicle on the road
  5. Route planning and rest breaks are discussed
  6. Provides a documented risk assessment and certificate of attendance

Occupational Road Risk, or Defensive Driver, our most popular all-day course for fleet operators because it satisfies both requirements for risk assessments and training.
Carried out at your workplace or a designated venue.

After an initial introduction to sight driving licences and to gather pertinent information to tailor the course to the individual. A short interactive theory session gives an interchange of views and perspectives about driving issues, such as individual and corporate responsibilities, speeding, speed cameras, planning, loading, interuptions, journey's and breaks during trips.

Then after a standard eysight test a full vehicle inspection and cockpit check takes place to re-inforce the responsibilities of placing a vehicle on the road with all its safety and legal obligations met.

A route is selected to challenge and test the driver under a variety of traffic and road situations, each driver is assessed in a calm, friendly but serious manner, a full de-brief takes place highlighting the good aspects of someone's driving, and also noting any areas of weakness with a full explanation, followed by the correct methodology and the incentives for change. A demonstration drive can then be given subject to insurance cover being provided, to clearly demonstrate those points highlighted in the de-brief.

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A full days training then takes place including facts about eco-driving, with regular changes of drivers to maintain interest and provide ample opportunities for discussion. Careful choice of routes allows key topics to be discussed, trialled and validated with minimum external influences. There are good driving opportunities in the North West, for example in Cheshire, North Wales and the Trough of Bowland. These allow training to be conducted and practised in reasonably quiet areas, so that when the more complex and challenging towns and cities are encountered, each driver has had some time to practice the skills and observations required for the more demanding urban roads.

Towards the end of the training day, a second less formal assessment takes place, usually in the these urban areas, each driver is given a risk rating, low, medium or high. Low or medium risk would normally be sufficient for the next two to three years, anyone graded high risk, may be required to undergo additional training within a specfied time. Each driver will be given an opportunity for a full de-brief covering the whole training day.

Formal reports can be submitted within a few days to the manager or department responsible, as these records could and should be kept for reference to prove that training and risk assessments have taken place. All this combined into a package for one or two drivers. A good days training by an Advanced Driving Instructor who is also on the fleet register, your guarantee that you're getting a highly qualified and experienced tutor devoted to teaching experienced qualifed drivers.

Contact us now for free advice on any training matter, or just call
T 0151 708 6089. M 07719 942250.

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