Advance Driving: (Qualification)
Advanced driving is the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely, systematically and smoothly, using road and traffic conditions to progress unobtrusively with skill and responsibility. This skill requires a positive but courteous attitude and a high standard of driving competence based on concentration, effective all round observation, anticipation, and planning. This must be coordinated with good handling skills. The vehicle will always be at the right speed with the correct gear engaged and can always be stopped safely on its own side of the road in the distance that can be seen to be clear.
Based on the Police Drivers Hand book. The four-day driving course prepares drivers for the Advanced Driving Test. Having learnt both the theory and practical skills, this prepares oneself then to take the test to become qualified advanced drivers. Better at anticipating changes, more observant and with enhanced handling skills, advanced drivers have been proven to be less likely to be involved in a road traffic accident. This advanced driving training is ideal for company car and van drivers as well as immediate response drivers.
It is also proposed that upon completion of the above training, individuals can undertake to apply for the VIP driver-training course which supports all aspects of vehicle close protection services.
Areas of the course syllabus which are being considered for teaching and certification are:
- VIP advanced driver tactics
- Convoy escorting
- Anti ambush drills
- Blocking drills
- Ramming drills
- Speed and driver awareness considerations
- Anti Surveillance procedures
- Route selection and considerations
- Ballistic vehicle armour concepts
- Vehicle maintenance and inspections
- Road/map spotting marker system and communications protocols