Employees often complete an onboarding induction plan when they join a company. Onboarding is crucial as it integrates new starters into the business. Besides learning the new job role, onboarding also involves focusing on various Health & Safety elements, which new starters need to be aware of – including driver training.

Driver Training – For Your New Starters

We already work with many companies all over the UK who provide our 3.5hr or 7hr advanced/defensive driving course as part of their onboarding process. This is usually taken within the first week of an employee starting with a company. The purpose of this driver training session is to:

  1. Have a risk assessment of a new recruit’s standard of driving – essential if their job involves travel
  2. Demonstrate your Duty of Care
  3. Provide an opportunity for the new starter to address any driving issues they may have
  4. Show that you care about their safety and welfare
  5. Be aware of any at-risk elements of their driving which may need addressing.

Onboarding driver training is open to both car and van drivers.

When we provide onboarding driver training for a company, we produce a detailed driving report, which measures a driver’s performance both before and after training, along with an overall risk assessment, so you can be made aware of any issues before they start driving company vehicles. The report includes the tutor’s details, including their DVSA (Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency) registration number, the employee’s name and the date of training, so you will have documentation that the new recruit has had training with a qualified professional.

All training is bespoke to your driver’s needs, regardless of age, experience or ability.

Training Content:

During a driver training session for a new starter, we cover a wide range of things, including:

  1. A discussion about the new starter’s job role, with a specific focus on estimated mileage, vehicle type, and what sort of roads they will be driving on. We can then tailor the course to best fit their needs.

  2. Observational drive. This helps is see what sort of driver they are, along with their skills and weaknesses. What we see here forms the basis of our bespoke onboarding driver training.

  3. Discussion and Feedback. Once the initial drive is complete, we mark a driver from Excellent to Poor on a range of things such as speed awareness, attitude, observation, and use of controls. These elements are discussed with the driver.

  4. The training. During the main part of the training, we look at things such as the aforementioned speed awareness, attitude, observations and use of controls. We also look at the System of Car Control, commentary driving, braking and cornering techniques – designed to make a driver safer and more aware. With van training, a lot of focus is placed on reversing and mirror use.


We have full UK coverage and will come to you for the training, which will take place in a driver’s own car or van.

Course Durations:

We offer a 3.5hr and 7hr course option. A 3.5hr is more suited for those who just need a review of their driving and receive coaching where needed. A 7hr course is ideal for those with specific issues or if they are very inexperienced drivers (such as a young driver who will be driving a large van).

Please get in touch with us to learn more about our bespoke driver training and how we can help you when you are recruiting your next new starter.