What is defensive and advanced driving?
There are many interpretations of both defensive and advanced driving, and driver training. However, many of those interpretations come from non-accredited sources and therefore simply invalid opinions.
When done correctly, with maximum safety as the overriding goal, defensive driving and advanced driving are merely two different levels of the same discipline. Defensive driving can be considered to be a basic form of advanced driving, or a foundation to advanced driving. What can be termed as basic in one county, for example, the UK, would be viewed as advanced in many other countries.
A properly trained defensive driver is fully familiar with the vehicle, the conditions and how to cope with them safely and efficiently. A defensive driver adopts a systematic, planned approach to hazards.
A defensive driver is defined by the UK DVSA in 'Driving' as one who displays; Concentration, Anticipation, Confidence, Patience, Responsibility and a good Attitude.
Good, defensive drivers anticipate, bad drivers react.
Advanced Driving can be defined as the ability to control the position and speed of a vehicle safely, systematically, efficiently and smoothly, at all times. The advanced driver drives to a system based upon the UK's Police Drivers Handbook, 'Roadcraft'.
The advanced driver has been very highly and thoroughly trained by recognised experts. The advanced driver has a very high standard of anticipation based upon a thorough knowledge and understanding of hazards, hazard perception and risk assessment. The advanced driver has proven him, or herself by examination, and is therefore certified as an advanced driver trainer.
What is not Advanced Driving
It is very easy to claim one is an advanced driver simply by stating experience. However, a driver that has only passed a basic entry level driving test with no additional, recognised training or further education is a risk, no matter how long the experience. There are many who describe themselves as advanced instructors or trainers without any form or accredited qualifications taken by theory and practical examinations.
Advanced Driver Training is not:
Our defensive driving course is known as 'Driver Awareness Safety Training (c) - DAST. This has been specifically designed for drivers engaged in corporate, professional driver training such as oil & gas and security. Our training goes beyond the basic defensive driver training, it is health & safety in motion. Our courses are bespoke to the said company and relevant to the roles and tasks of the drivers and vehicles.
Our advanced driving course is based upon the UK's publications Driving and Roadcraft. The training and testing is based upon the UK's Diamond Advanced Motorist, and is the UK's only government accredited advanced driver training. www.advancedmotoring.co.uk/diamond-international