A driver training course will drill-in skills so that you do’t need to think about what to do all the time. When your attention isn’t stuck on the basics of driving you are freed up to be far more aware of what’s around you.
Basic driving skills are essential to living in most of today’s society and a driver training course is usually the fastest way to pick these up. Particularly in Australia, where distances are so great, families and friends are often hundreds or thousands of miles apart, and most people will drive huge distances to catch up with each other. And modern, Western cities are generally car-based, with public transport coming second place.
Most beginner car drivers are both excited and anxious at the same time about learning how to drive, right from the start. They are either taught by a professional driving instructor or by relatives, and concentrate on the basic skills needed to control the car, and the rules that they have to observe while on the road.
At some point they will need to pass a test set by an accredited authority so that they can become licensed. But getting your license shouldn’t be the end of a person’s driver training.
Advanced & specialised training
It’s an even greater advantage to have a wider knowledge of, and skills in driving different types of vehicles, and of course this is essential if you drive trucks, or heavy machinery in industrial workplaces.
There are various types of driver training, each with its own set of standards. Training provides drivers with the much needed knowledge and skill to be safer on the road, on-site or in the factory.
Here’s a short list of different areas of driving training . . .
1) on road defensive driving,
2) four wheel drive driving,
3) advance on-road driving,
4) motorcycle rider training,
5) heavy vehicle training,
6) bus and coach driver training,
7) forklift training.
Some people might think that they don’t need to undergo special driver training when they already know the basics. But it’s been shown time and again that when you are well trained, not only does your knowledge increase and your skill grow; the end result is that the training also boosts your confidence and ability to cope with dangerous situations.
A lot of accidents can be avoided by people who have simply had correct routines and procedures drilled-in over and over until they are automatic. In a dangerouse situation there is often little time to think, and its then that people need to rely on these “natural” responses.
This applies just as much to acquiring specific skills in handling the different workplace vehicles as it does to road driving. All equipment has operational do’s and don’ts, and drivers of them need to be well oriented in order to avoid problems and accidents. An uncertain driver in an industrial workplace can prove to be a huge hazard to other workers in the area.
Update courses and re-training
Re-doing training and taking part in update courses can also be extremely valuable. People tend to overlook the things they don’t use regularly, with the result that saftey training learn’t years ago is forgotten, or new techniques are never learnt.
If you’d like to find out more about taking part in a driver training course, visit www.hpots.com.au.