1.01 AM Tuesday 31 May 2016

Road Safety Education

Driving is an extremely complex task, but as it is something we do often it becomes routine, so we become complacent and stop fully concentrating on it.

There are very few other things we do in our lives on a regular basis that require such strong multi-tasking skills.  And yet the more we drive the less we think about how we’re doing it.

Good drivers are not those who have become complacent and think they know everything about driving; they are those who appreciate the complexities of driving and continue to refresh their driving skills and learn new things.

Prevention is better than cure...

Since 2005, Dorset Police has seen education as a pro-active way of dealing with driving offences and has extended its driver training portfolio to provide a range of driver education solutions.

Education is a vital part of the work of Dorset Police to change driver attitudes and make the roads safer. The Force provides a whole host of driver education, including:


The Driver Awareness Scheme

Driver Awareness Scheme LogoThe Driver Awareness Scheme (DAS) is a classroom-based course, delivered by trained driving instructors and road safety professionals.

It uses a range of interactive techniques to ensure the course is engaging for participants.

Participants on the course are usually people who have been detected speeding on Dorset’s roads, driven through a red light or been stopped at the roadside for other driving offences.  They have been offered the education course as an alternative to a Fixed Penalty Process. 

As well as examining the consequences of excess and inappropriate speed, the course also provides an opportunity for drivers to refresh their observation and hazard perception skills.

The DAS course is also open to anyone keen to improve their driver education. If you’d like to come along and benefit from the expert tuition and advice then;

Follow this link to find out more information about the Driver Awareness Scheme >

Email - driverawareness@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Or contact the DAS admin office, on 01305 227670, to find out more and book your place.

Courses are available to attend in Bournemouth and Winfrith (near Wool) and last for three hours. 


Dorset Police Education for Business Drivers logoBusiness driver education

Driving for work can bring additional pressures, as we try to keep to busy schedules.  Dorset Police provides education sessions to groups of business drivers, which have been specifically developed for people who drive for work. The sessions cover a range of useful topics, including health and safety legislation, vehicle dynamics and load, observation skills, hazard perception and driver fatigue. Sessions can also be tailored to meet an organisation’s specific needs.

Business driver courses have been delivered to local businesses such as Magna Housing Association and Danisco Ltd and the feedback received has been fantastic :

Education for Business Drivers - Photo courtesy of Magna Housing Association

  • “I’m more aware of many changes and common sense driving”
  • “Re-enforced the hazards of driving in different vehicles”
  •  “Perfect for our type of driving at work”
  • “Videos and graphics brought the presentation to life and added clarity”
  • “Very useful, thought provoking and informative”
  • “We now have a safer workforce and  increased awareness on the road”


Photo courtesy of Magna Housing Association.

To find out how your organisation can benefit, contact us on 01202 or 01305 227670 or email business-drivers@dorset.pnn.police.uk


On–road training

There is more to driving or riding safely than just passing the test. Further training will help develop driving or riding skills to keep both the driver and passengers safe.

Dorset Police offer on – road sessions as an extension to the DAS course or Business Driver course covering:

  • the ability to control the position and speed of the vehicle safely
  • road and traffic conditions ‘making progress’
  • a standard of driving based on concentration, observation, anticipation and planning
  • position on the road
  • the right speed with the correct gear engaged
  • stopping safely in the distance that can be seen to be clear


Email - driverawareness@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Or contact the DAS admin office, on 01305 227670, to find out more and book your place.


Dying to Drive

Dying to drive ? logoStatistically one in five newly qualified drivers will have an accident in their first year of driving and drivers under the age of 25 account for 25% of drivers killed or seriously injured on our roads (Source: RoSPA).

The Government and pressure groups such as RoSPA and Brake see 17 to 25 year olds as high risk, which is why Dorset Police visits school sixth forms to provide educational courses in partnership with Dorset Fire & Rescue Service and the NHS Ambulance Service.

The presentation is hard hitting and interactive, giving students the chance to talk about experiences and how to reduce risk.

Download our Guide to Safer Roads (864kb PDF) - Link opens new windowFact: A high proportion of young drivers will take more risk than more experienced drivers. Like extreme sports – the younger you are the more you feel that you are indestructible and more likely to take.

The presentation is flexible and can be tailored to meet the needs of the group – for example targeting younger age groups by covering pedestrian activities such as use of mobile phones and other technology.

Email - driverawareness@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Or contact the DAS admin office, on 01305 227670, to find out more and book your place.  

Download our Guide to Safer Roads (864kb PDF) >


Ride Alive

Ride Alive logo

Ride Alive is an interactive presentation which has been designed to educate and inform young motorcycle riders about how to stay safe on the roads.

The presentation is packed with information and advice and covers subjects like the CBT process, the responsibilities of riding on public roads, the risks that riders potentially face on both urban and rural roads, as well as providing helpful tips and advice about safety equipment and accessories.

The hour-long, interactive presentation uses a mixture of DVD and PowerPoint material.

Email - driverawareness@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Or contact the DAS admin office, on 01305 227670, to find out more and book your place.   


Driving in the UK

Dorset is a beautiful, rural county visited by millions of people every year, some of which come here to work, particularly from Eastern Europe.

Dorset Police has been engaging with local employers to provide Driver Training on business premises to non-English speaking workers.  The courses educate participants in the basic rules of the road to prevent them falling foul of the law or worse, causing a collision.

Email - driverawareness@dorset.pnn.police.uk

Or contact the DAS admin office, on 01305 227670, to find out more and book your place.


Bike Safe Dorset

BikeSafe Dorset logoBike Safe Dorset is part of a national educational initiative aimed at reducing the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on our roads.

In Dorset, riders who take part in Bike Safe Dorset attend a presentation and theory session before taking part in an on road assessment with an expert police motorcyclist.

The course enables motorcyclists to be educated in a safe and professional environment, encouraging the honing of skills through further training.

For more information on Bike Safe Dorset, and to check out the upcoming dates of the course, please visit the Bike Safe Dorset web pages.