Courses designed to refresh and update your driving skills
For many people car travel is an important aspect of their independence and well-being, giving them access to work, friends, family, shopping and health related services such as GP's, hospitals and opticians.
However, research suggests that human error is a contributory factor in almost all collisions and that almost half the people killed or seriously injured on Dorset's roads* are in a car.
* Dorset County Council area 5 year casualty data (2006-10)
Dorset Driver courses are designed to address the most common causes of collisions in Dorset, namely poor hazard perception, lack of awareness and inappropriate use of speed.
The courses provide you with an opportunity to update your driving skills and knowledge, helping you deal with ever changing road conditions, and can reduce your risk of becoming involved in a road collision.
The popularity of these courses means that booking is essential
Fees quoted are correct at May 2011.
There are two elements to Dorset Driver:
Driver Refresher Course
This 2 hour course is aimed at helping drivers update their knowledge and skills. No driving is involved.
The group discussions include:
- safety margins
- dual carriageways/motorways
Fee to attend: £5 (payable on the day)
Practical Refresher Course (optional)
You will be accompanied by an experienced driving professional, using your own car, on this 90 minute course.
The car must be taxed, insured for you to drive and roadworthy. The instructor will also ask to see your licence to confirm that you are entitled to drive.
The route usually includes town and country driving; you can also ask the instructor for help with things that bother you.
The aim is to update and improve your driving skills to reduce the chance of you becoming involved in a collision.
Fee to attend: £37.50(payable to the driving professional on the day of the drive)
To find out about courses in your area, contact the Road Safety Team either
telephone 01305 224558
write: Road Safety Team, Environment Directorate, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ