Business Driver Assessment and Development


Winter Resilience: keep your business on the road

Each year, the winter period brings unknown difficulties for businesses and organisations of all sizes: is your organisation prepared?. 

Whether it will be the Beast from the East bringing snow and ice and stingingly low temperatures, high winds or a deluge of rain, your business must continue.

This is ever more important if you provide essential services, such as Immediate Response, home care or infrastructure maintenance or repair. Your drivers must be able to cope with almost any condition, but equally must also be able to recognise when movement by road is unsafe or inadvisable.

The ability to continue your daily business on the road system obviously depends on the vehicles available and the knowledge and skill of the drivers. It also depends on traffic managers being able to determine when and when not to require drivers to drive.

For Doctors, we provide specific Green Light Training for Immediate Response, which covers all weather conditions. Participants must be Registered on the General Medical Council Roll to be able to undertake this.

ONWARD can help to formulate a Resilience Plan for your business or organisation, together with a Code of Practice which drivers and managers must conform to. It may not be just your drivers' lives at risk in bad conditions, but all other road users may be affected by a driver's error.

In the case of liveried vehicles involved in a collision, being seen by other road users, or worse still, on the media or in social media, cannot be good for an organisation's image. Where vehicles become stranded by snow or flood others may draw a conclusion of either bad driving or bad management, together with the obvious failing in Duty of Care.

ONWARD's practical awareness training involves two aspects: 

1 - a short seminar for all participants (usually lasting around 1.5 hours) drivers, managers and anyone involved with movement by road, followed by 

2 - practical training for each driver on a one-to-one basis. Normally 1.5 hours per driver.

The seminar is bespoke to your organisation, and participants can receive an emailed copy of it to view in their own time, both as an aide memoire and to back up their on-road experience in training. The seminar always includes a fun quiz, to let participants test their own knowledge of driving in adverse conditions.

The practical element on the road is designed to ensure that participants understand how to prepare themselves and their vehicle, as well as how their vehicle will respond in any given weather situation.

More importantly, what drivers must (or must not) do in any given situation.

The practical element is dependent on the vehicle(s) proposed to be used: whether hired-in 4x4's or pickups, or the drivers' own vehicles, be these cars, vans, PCV's or LGV's. 

Consideration is also given to how staff will access the vehicles in adverse conditions in the first place?

If you are looking at arranging a Resilience Programme:

A rough idea of participant numbers would be very useful to know from the outset.

A typical programme would see the seminar as the starting point, followed by the practical driving. 

As a rule, around 4 to 5 drivers a day can be accommodated. Days do not have to be consecutive, but the closer they are to the seminar the better. Practical training can take place at any time of day.

The seminar can be held in any suitable meeting room you may have, and the training would take place on the roads in the area you cover.

Costs are very reasonable and will depend largely on the number of drivers and the types of vehicles involved: contact us for more information and a no-obligation quote.

Contact us today and we will be pleased to help!