About 90 car users out of 1,500 who drive more than 4,000 miles on council business have undergone training with Drive & Survive after the authority carried out a fleet risk assessment.
The intensive training was conducted over three weeks, with one hour of theory lessons and a further two hours in the drivers' own cars. A refresher course will take place over the next three months to ensure drivers are still using the safe driving skills they have learned.
Ashley Eley, Essex County Council's car provision scheme manager, said: 'We have an average accident record but we felt it was important to provide training. Everyone found it useful and 98% of staff said they gained something from the training.
'Our renewal notice was coming up and the insurer said it would like us to look at how to control our accident rate to keep the cost per vehicle down.'