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Driver training helps reduce insurance claims

One of the most popular training and development programmes among staff at Glasgow-based security company Pointer is the advanced driving course held at Scottish racing centre Knockhill.

Hugh Lawson, Pointer's learning and development manager, said: "To date, 90 members of staff have taken part in the advanced driving course. Since we introduced the course, the number of insurance claims made by our company car drivers has fallen considerably."

The one-day course includes theoretical and practical exercises and is tailored to meet Pointer's requirements based on employees' average miles per gallon and accident records.

Lawson said: "At Pointer we believe that good driving is about attitude and our training course is tailored with this in mind. We are also aware of the importance of recognising and rewarding good driving practice, and have recently introduced a new award scheme to further encourage and reward responsible driving."

Alistair Fraser, driver trainer at Knockhill Racing Circuit, said: "All new starts attend the course which begins with a 45 minute classroom session, designed to improve their observation skills in identifying hazards. The course then goes on to cover a number of essential vehicle checks, and assessed accordingly.

"Staff are then paired up and taken on a practical demonstration by one of our highly-trained Advanced Driving Instructors. They are then assessed on a variety of road types with further assessment on car control, vehicle positioning, awareness and car sympathy."

The day is completed with a debriefing, when the instructors will give the staff their feedback, as well as highlighting the areas where they need to improve.

Engineer Martin Duffy, 25, said: "The advanced driving course was very informative and also great fun. The highlight of the day for me was the off-road section which really put your driving skills to the test. I also found the vehicle assessment checks very informative and have no doubt the tips I picked up will serve me in good stead in the future."

Lawson added: "We try and make the driving course as interesting and inclusive as possible, and we look to do this by providing practical demonstrations, whereby the apprentices can watch and then implement what they have learned.

"At Pointer we are committed to providing our employees with a continuous professional development programme, and the advanced driving course is an important aspect of this as it encourages safe and responsible driving."

Ray Smith, PR Manager at Knockhill said: "Not surprisingly, this part of the Knockhill business is flourishing as roads become increasingly congested and the risk of being involved in an accident multiplies every year.

"More and more companies like Pointer, are acting responsibly by ensuring that their employees receive the best defensive and advanced training available. It's all about being responsible and taking personal pride in your driving standards."

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