Pressure Grows for Over 70 Re-Testing

      It seems that never a day goes by where you won’t find a press article somewhere that seeks to criticise or politicize the older driver situation. On the one hand the articles draw our attention to the growing problem with older drivers being involved in collisions and on the other articles talk of reluctance in Govt to insist on re testing drivers over 70, as it could be political suicide. In an article found today on the Daily Mirror website, the … [Read more...]

Liveried Vehicles: Don’t Do Half a Job

      An incident that happened to me a few minutes ago adds massive weight to the argument in favour of carefully managing the drivers of liveried fleet vehicles. In my other life I’m a Mortgage Consultant with a company based in Bexleyheath Kent. Today i was in a car with another colleague and 2 Directors from a Building Society, out for a business lunch meeting. We were all in a car being driven by my colleague on the West Malling Bypass. He is not a … [Read more...]

AA Drive Tech Announces Redeveloped Training Course.

  AA Drive  Tech has recently announced details of its redeveloped training course.   In the Fleet News article the company says that it plans to put 6000 drivers per annum through the new course, which incorporates the core elements of Energy Saving Trust’ Approved Eco Driving Training. In the article a spokesperson states ““Our courses tend to be half-day or … [Read more...]

Staying Behind the Wheel Longer: Driving in Retirement

    Staying beyond the wheel longer, whilst remaining safe is surely a goal that every motorist wants to achieve? After all the independence that a car provides cannot be overstated, particularly for those living in rural parts of the country. There is a problem though, how do you know that your driving is still safe? Driving is deeply habitual and it’s very difficult for any motorist to see changes in their own driving habits. A good analogy is trying to proof read … [Read more...]

Experienced Driver’s Assessment

                                                                                                                                                   Kings Hill Fleet Training is pleased to announce a new driving evaluation scheme for residents within the Sevenoaks and Malling Area’s of Kent. The driving skills evaluation takes place from a driver’s home using their own car and is delivered by a D.V.S.A registered Approved Driver Instructor that has undergone additional training … [Read more...]

What exactly is Advanced Driving?

    It seems to some degree that the exact definition depends on which stakeholder you are talking to at the time! Most Advanced Driving systems in the UK are based on“Roadcraft”, the Police Driver’s Handbook. It is in this book that can be found the definition used by organisations such as RoSPA and the I.A.M. "Advanced Driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to … [Read more...]

Cost/ Benefit of Managing Occupational Road Risk

Driving is just about the most dangerous at work activity that people can do.                        RoSPA estimates that 1 in 3 accidents involve someone driving in the course of business, and yet only 1 in10 vehicles on the road are being used for work purposes. We can conclude that driving for work must be more dangerous and of course driving activities are more likely to affect the public at large, so a business can be exposed to more risk from its on road activities, than other areas … [Read more...]

Why Send Your Employees on a Defensive Driving Workshop?

Your employees are probably the most important resource that you have and holding on to the good ones is not always easy. Many good employers in addition to offering great pay and conditions provide some form of employee benefit in order to attract and retain their people. Incentives of course come at a cost to the employing company, so many are looking at providing a little something that provides them with an additional return on their investment. Becoming ever more popular are employee … [Read more...]

Fleet Driving Risk: Social Responsibility, or Serious Business Risk?

Fleet magazines quite often like to include some reference to the accident statistics involving driving for work. The exact numbers that come out in the wash depend on to some extent, which interested party compiled the report. However the statistics usually estimate that 25 to 33% of road accidents involve someone who is at the time driving as part of their job. It is known that only 1 in 10 drivers actually drive’s for work, so occupational driving must be more dangerous. The immediate … [Read more...]

Driver Distraction

There is much in the popular press, driving, and other publications with regards to driver distractions. This is mainly due to the use of mobile phones in vehicles, and new in vehicle text reading devices. However, increasingly scientific research is revealing the dangers of other forms driver multi-tasking that are associated with increased in-vehicle technology. This article covers: What is Distraction? Types of Distraction The Effects of Distraction The Law Managing … [Read more...]