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Drivers prefer hands-on training to the classroom

COMPANY car drivers would rather get behind the wheel than sit in a classroom when it comes to defensive driver training, latest research reveals.

Drivers also acknowledge that training will change their behaviour behind the wheel. These two key safety messages have emerged from an RAC Business Services survey, in association with Fleet News.

The study found 66% of company drivers prefer practical-based training, and 78% said training would change their behaviour while a further 19% said it would change their behaviour 'sometimes'. Only 2% said training would not have an impact.

The survey also revealed that drivers expect refresher training - a third expecting it every two years and 38% every three years.

Overall, 80% of companies supported the statement 'additional training should be compulsory for drivers whose job requires them to drive on company business', although 32% of firms have not invested in driver training.

Allen Bewley, RAC head of risk management training, said: 'This survey shows the changing face of the industry in that drivers accept driver training more readily now and see it as a way of helping driving rather than hindering it. More importantly, attitudes to driving in a more professional and safe manner are changing among company employees.'

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