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Safe Urban Driving- The Challenges & Benefits

8 December 2020


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. Therefore, Safe Urban Driving (SUD) is essential training for operators and commercial drivers who use goods/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.

Urban Landscapes Bring Specific Challenges

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. There is also a higher number of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Driver Schemes for Urban Landscapes

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:

  • Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)
  • Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety Programme (CLOCS)
  • Work Related Road Risk (WRRR)

Our SUD training is fully designed to meet the requirements of these schemes.

Driver Standards

It is not only best practice to invest in driver schemes and training for yourself, as a driver, or for your company, as an operator – but it also can be requirement for goods vehicles who need access to specific cities, especially London. Whether or not you plan to drive in urban settings it is always best practice to ensure you meet the driver standards – as there may be times you unexpectedly have to travel within a town or city.

It may also be a requirement for drivers to meet these standards to access construction sites. Luckily, it is easy enough to get SUD training from companies such as Driver Hire Training.

Elements of SUD Training

There is both a theory and practical element to SUD training – the practical element being an on-bike element. In the practical elemtent of SUD training the delegate will ride a bike, in order to understand what cyclists face when they are using our roads. The purpose of this practical element is to allow drivers to see through the eyes of other, more vulnerable, road users.

The theory part covers things such as changing urban environments, vulnerable road users and defensive driving techniques where the practical element covers driver attitude and perception, introduction to active travel, fitness and health and hazard recognition.

At Driver Hire Training we are fortunate enough to be able to continue SUD training in an approved, COVID-secure way as all of our CPC course are available to complete online. (Please note that on-bike training is subject to local lockdown arrangements that may be in place. Speak to our sales advisor to find out more.) Additionally, the SUD course provides 7 hours of training which count towards your Driver CPC training legal requirements.