Driver Risk Audit & Coaching Session
Driving is a systematic function learned from a combination of hands on experience, integrated with examples set by parents and peers. On this basis, a driver whose parents or peers maintained insufficient following distance, will typically display similar driving traits.
The intrinsic problem with learning from experience in this context is that drivers rarely consider they are doing anything wrong until they are provided with negative feedback in the form of a crash or near miss. And even then, they often disregard the incident as unfortunate or unlucky, rather than bad driving.
After all, they've driven that way for between 1-50 years. So despite it being their first, second or third crash over that duration of time, they regarded it as a chance event, and therefore perceive that it could never happen again.
The Risk Audit and Coaching Session assesses driver safety from a human, vehicle and developed behaviour perspective. In the first instance it seeks to establish the human and vehicle factors that influence exposure. This would include issues such as the weight, vehicle configuration, braking system, tyres and safety features. It then analyses risk based on driver age, sex, risk-taking and anger and aggression.
The second element of the program identifies the habits and behaviours adopted by drivers that may unnecessarily expose them to road trauma. Details of observed risk is recorded during the on-road element of the program.
At the conclusion of the evaluation phase of the on-road program, drivers are provided with an explanation of what and why they must modify various driving habits. A dynamic and interactive PowerPoint presentation, delivered in the car, graphically reinforces the need for change. This is then followed up by the coaching phase of the on-road session, which encourages drivers to develop and apply the changes identified during stage one.
At the completion of the audit, participating drivers are provided with a comprehensive written report reinforcing the need to modify given driving habits. This researched and referenced document will provide a valuable reminder for years to come.
Driver Risk Audit and Coaching Sessions can be used in many ways. For example: