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Description

This 1-day course has been designed for schools, universities, councils and professional minibus drivers.

This course focuses on prevention, protection & performance by looking at aspects of a minibus driver’s lifestyle, their health & wellbeing as well as use of the vehicle, defensive driving, hazard perception & awareness, fuel efficiency, motorway systems and all environment factors.

The date you select is for the online MinibusAWARE module. Your driver’s assessment will be conducted on another date.

There are 3-stages to this blended learning course.

Delegates will complete the DriveAWARE E-learning module.
Delegates will learn key theories, delivered online via AWARE Series TV.
Delegates will undergo a 1-hour practical driving assessment.
All training will be recorded on a digital PATAM competence and compliance app.

Focus
Focus on all aspects of prevention and protection within the minibus drivers’ control including ensuring that learners understand that their health and wellbeing is essential to their safety at work and how effective they are in their performance, how their minibus driving style affects the environment and how they can implement best practice to protect themselves and other road users.

Topics include:

A thorough knowledge of the legal responsibilities of a minibus driver and duty of care.
Department for Transport codes of practice in safe carriage of passengers
Good practice in passenger comfort
Daily vehicle checks – why and when to conduct them?
Health and Safety at work for Drivers
Good practice in passenger comfort and assistance
Manoeuvring of vehicles including defensive driving techniques
Hazard Awareness
Minibus Fire & Evacuation
Physical & Mental Health
The System of Minibus Vehicle Control
Observational Links Perception – how we see things compared to others
Smart motorway systems and the red cross campaign
Effects of alcohol, drugs (Inc. Over the Counter and prescribed drugs)
Sleep deprivation.
The course also covers approaches to transporting wheelchair minibus users.

This includes safe use of ramps and tail lifts.
Wheelchair and passenger restraint equipment.
Department for Transport codes of practice on safe carriage of passengers in wheelchairs.
Information on disability, carrying children and professional etiquette