Animal Nutrition Team Learn New Driving Skills

Defensive Driver Training and Skid Pan Training

One of the things we love so much about our Driver Skills clients is their diverse nature. It's always interesting to hear about what our clients do and how, even though they may be totally different businesses, they've all concluded that defensive driver training and skid pan training are actually a important parts of their staff safety.
AB Vista are an animal nutrition technology company offering pioneering products and technical services to the global animal feed industry.

A day of Team Building and Driver Safety

AB Vista came to us for a day of fun, team building and driver safety. Derek and his Technical support team completed our Skid Pan Training and Defensive Driver Training course. They wanted a friendly, fun, relaxed day where the team could come together and learn new skills, as well as erasing some of the bad habits that are so easy to pick as drivers build up that busy road mileage.

“The day was very good and we all enjoyed it.The skid pad training was very good from my perspective and the team.  The two instructors were knowledgeable and made us feel at ease. It was useful learning about car control and ABS operation and stopping distances.  I felt the team gained quite a lot from that. The skid pan was the most fun I think and everyone seemed to enjoy that bit while at the same time it really helps to build some confidence in people’s ability to control a car if it ever started to skid out of control. “ – Derek McIlmoyle, General Manager GB and Ireland, AB Vista.

“I had an excellent day, very fun and useful. The guys were brilliant throughout. Thank you” -
Jamie-Leigh Douglas, Technical Support Manager

“ A very enjoyable day and well worth doing, very calm, nice people”
Martin Mc Connell, Technical Sales Manager


Multi National PLC Meets in Yorkshire for Driver Skills Training

Driver Training Combined with a Trip to Historic York

Many of the companies that use Driver Skills for defensive driver training enjoy combining their training with a meeting in the City of York. By combining some fun driver training with a conference or other internal meeting, it can be a very cost effective way to bring teams together in a beautiful location.

International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, with 55,000 employees operating in more than 24 countries.

International Paper have visited Driver Skills twice now for their Driver Training. The team made the most of our location in York and took the chance to bring their team together and enjoy an evening event the day before the driving programme. The sales team travel many miles over the course of a year both in the UK and overseas so safety in the workplace is the International Paper’s number one priority. The team spent the day with us to achieve higher levels of safety by completing our Skid Pan Training and Defensive Driver Training programmes.

Written Assessment and Certificate for Each Pupil

Each driver was assessed by our on road instructors and a written assessment was provided to give both the company and the driver peace of mind when travelling. A certificate of completion of the skid pan and defensive driving provides a great memory of the day and ensures that driver training can be fun and enjoyable.

“On behalf of International Paper UK Limited I would like to thanks Driver Skills Ltd for your professionalism and attention to our brief , in relation to the training our organization. International Paper has safety in the workplace as our number one priority globally, and each year my commercial team needs to undertake defensive and safety based driving courses to ensure we recognize and deliver on the companies policies. Driver Skills were excellent and we also invited clients sales teams to attend the day held in York. We will do the same next year and look forward to working with your team once again. I would not hesitate to recommend your team and business to any other organization where safety is a key priority. Looking forward to working with you again”
Antony Mackie, Country Manager UK & Ireland, International Paper


Company driver training programmes and events in Yorkshire

Helping The XL Vets Graduates to be Safer Drivers

Training Staff to be Safer when Driving for their Daily Work

Company training programmes cover many different areas. Most companies concentrate on training staff for the obvious roles of performing their daily jobs more skillfully, safely and effectively. Very often, it is easy to overlook the skills of driving and the potential for danger when driving at work.

XLVets is a community of independently-owned, progressive veterinary practices that work together to achieve the highest standards of veterinary care. The members of XLVets work collaboratively sharing knowledge, experience and skills, to achieve excellence in veterinary practice that ensures they deliver a high level of customer care and animal welfare.

Many of the company car drivers who come to us for defensive driver training and skid pan training do very high motorway mileages. The Graduates from XL Vets have a slightly different need to many, as a high percentage of a vet's driving takes place on country roads, often at unusual hours of the day.

One of the areas they are very aware of is the issue of young, newly qualified vets driving on country roads. The car is often carrying a degree of equipment needed to perform their tasks on location, all of which can add to the weight of the car.

A Regular Client who we work with Year on Year

We have been working with XL Vets for a number of years in the area of defensive driver training courses and skid pan training. Combined with our emergency avoidance training, young vets spend a day with us and learn new driving skills and achieve higher levels of safety when driving on their daily work.

This training programme is often added onto other educational courses the vets will be having in the Yorkshire area and forms a fun and educational break and combines well with their traditional skills training. Veterinary graduates come to Driver Skills from all corners of the UK to learn how to become better drivers when undertaking what can be a very busy working day.

"XLVets Training Services have used DriverSkills for a number of years for our Veterinary graduate programmes.They offer professional, informative and exciting courses, helping our graduates grow their driving skills which is an essential part of their job. Graduates have always enjoyed this part of the programme and are able to take valuable skills back to their respective practices.” Alexandra Turnbull - XL Vets

We believe that defensive driver training and skid pan training for company car drivers does not have to be boring. By explaining the concepts of skid control, drivers can learn these skills in a safe and controlled environment. When combined with the on road defensive driver training programme, we help XL Vets Graduates to become safer drivers at this important stage of their careers as both veterinarians and drivers.