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Limited places available for Brake training course

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Brake has limited spaces left on its training courses to help companies improve the safety of their at-work drivers.

The charity, with support of vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval, is running a series of training courses throughout the UK to provide employers with the tools to educate at-work drivers on six key areas of road safety.

The first course sold out and there are only a handful of places available for the next couse in less than three weeks.

Official figures show that at least 10 people are killed each week and 100 seriously injured in crashes involving people driving for work. However, Brake suggets that this is likely to be a substantial underestimate as journey purpose is not always recorded by the police at crash scenes.

Brake’s Pledge training aims to tackle this by providing practical tools and resources on effectively engaging staff and managing road risk. The courses are delivered by experienced trainer and long-standing Brake supporter Tracey Fuller from Arval. Fuller is passionate about road safety and shares her experiences of using Brake’s Pledge to successfully engage Arval staff and customers.

Course attendees also receive access to Brake's toolkit of Pledge resources, which includes advice for managers on delivering and implementing different areas of the Pledge, and also educational tools such as videos and posters on six core principles of safe driving:

  • Slow – within speed limits
  • Sober – free from alcohol or drugs
  • Sharp – not tired, ill or with poor eyesight
  • Silent – phone off and out of reach
  • Secure – belted up in a safe vehicle
  • Sustainable – only when you have to

The forthcoming Pledge courses are:

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Birmingham (UK)
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Manchester (UK)
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – Swindon (UK)

The course is free to attend for Brake Professional members, and costs £90 plus VAT for non-members. All non-members who attend receive one year’s free Brake Professional membership.

Ellie Pearson, professional engagement manager at Brake, said: “The Pledge provides employers with the training and tools to educate and engage their staff with essential road safety messages. It’s incredibly versatile and can be used by organisations with existing road safety programmes as a supplementary resource, or by organisations just beginning their road risk management journey, as the foundation for their programme. We’re really excited to be working with Arval to offer these interactive training courses, and I’d urge any employer with at-work drivers to book their place before we sell out.”

Tracey Fuller (pictured), customer engagement manager at Arval, said: “We have been working closely with Brake for nearly a decade which has allowed us to support their important agenda as well as providing value for hundreds of our employees and customers. These courses are a vital tool to both educate drivers and positively influence their behaviour so we are delighted to be involved.”

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