There are many additional things for drivers to consider and be aware of when driving in urban areas – various hazards can exist which are unique to urban landscapes and being aware of these is essential.
That’s why Safe Urban Driving (SUD) is crucial training for operators and commercial drivers using goods and public service vehicles.
Safe urban driving not only keeps the driver and company safe from risk but also vulnerable road users, who are more prevalent in urban landscapes such as children, pedestrians and cyclists.
Driving in towns and cities brings about its own specific challenges – not only are the roads much different to motorways and rural settings but there is often increased traffic flow as well as a much higher number of pedestrians and other road users.
In cities and towns, the traffic is constantly changing – with congestion common. Due to this there can be a lot of reckless driving witnessed in urban areas – it is important to maintain safe driving protocols in these instances to protect yourself and others.
Due to the challenges facing drivers in urban settings, there are various driver schemes which exist to help drivers and operators to work safely within urban landscapes. The schemes include:
SUD is split into two sections, theory and practical (on bike). Both parts combined count as a single day of Driver CPC training. The course includes:
The purpose of this practical element is to allow drivers to see through the eyes of other, more vulnerable, road users.
By the end of this session, drivers will be aware of the risks of the road in relation to vulnerable road users and be able to assess situations to help avoid accidents. They will also gain information about road accident statistics.
Course duration: 7 hours
This full-day course counts as one day’s Driver CPC training.