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October 25, 2011

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Training – driving at work

Training provider Cardinus is asking organisations how well prepared they are to defend their corner in the event of a driving-at-work incident.

The company is urging organisations whose employees drive for work to identify the risk factors that predispose a driver to become involved in incidents. Doing this before the incidents happen allows companies to put in place appropriate control measures to prevent them, says Cardinus.

It points out that every driver’s experience is different; someone learning to pass a test in rural Lincolnshire, for example, has little experience of hilly terrain, or inner city traffic. Similarly, a driver gaining an LGV licence in Bosnia while on military service will find very different challenges completing multi-drop deliveries in London.

According to Cardinus, the licence is no more than a formal qualification that allows a driver to get behind the wheel in the first place. The need to provide appropriate training to add specialist skills is essential, if collision rates are to be controlled. Cardinus says this is why many major insurers use its experts for their training requirements.

Driving is a very serious business, adds the company, and employers shouldn’t let its apparent ease and familiarity allow them to become complacent. Failing to take driving seriously could have far-reaching implications, the company warns.

Cardinus offers a range of road-safety courses, driving-at-work risk assessments and a variety of on-road and online training courses for all classes of vehicles.

For more details, visit www.cardinus.com

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