Buckinghamshire’s road safety team is running a ‘Coaching for Driving Instructors’ course for instructors from across Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire.
The course was first introduced in 2010 and since then more than 100 approved driving instructors have attended.
The course is delivered by Ian Edwards from e-driving solutions and supported by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, who provide venues at fire stations across Buckinghamshire.
The course has a strong focus on the participant developing practical coaching skills, as well as a theoretical understanding of coaching. It is based on the notion that coaching can help to address the behavioural issues people face when learning to drive, by looking at the beliefs and emotions that trigger driver behaviour. If instructors can help drivers to learn these skills at the beginning of their driving career then the effect may last beyond the driving test.
Buckinghamshire’s road safety team says that feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive, with instructors commenting that the course was something that they could apply instantly.
Peter Hardy, Buckinghamshire county council cabinet member for Planning and Transport, said: “We believe in supporting driving instructors by giving them the relevant expertise to help raise standards of overall driving, which in turn benefits all residents of Buckinghamshire.
“From the feedback we receive, instructors tell us these courses are beneficial and represent value for money.”
For more information contact June Howlett at Transport for Buckinghamshire.