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Training Expertise, Driver Training – Winter Driving Preparations

I was driving in to work this morning when I hit a pothole and got a flat tyre. It was so frustrating; the tyre was still in good condition and still had plenty of miles left in it. On the build up to Christmas having to fork out for a new tyre, alignment and balancing etc, etc, etc is definitely an expense that I could cope without.

Do you have everything you need

Make sure you are ready for the bad weather.

So amid the grumbles I changed the tyre feeling grateful that this time it was on the way into work and not at night, in the snow with my 2 year old daughter “patiently” waiting in her car. I felt almost efficient and well-practised, rather than Daddy trying to change the wheel fumbling through the ordeal by the light of the screen of his iPhone; most definitely not an ideal situation.

It really made me think, how prepared for winter am I? When was the last time I checked my tyre pressure, my screen wash and my wiper blades? Do I have jump-leads a jumper or blanket in the car? Where did I put that torch?

When I got into work a friend confessed that he didn’t know how to change a tyre… Do you?

How prepared are you?

Here is the RAC’s list of check that you should make in Preparation For Winter Driving

Here is a video of theirs on Safe Driving Tips for Winter

We can provide training for driving in all conditions and in a wide variety of vehicles:

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For any information or safe driving courses please feel free to contact us:

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Outdoor First Aid for Vehicle Emergencies

For the last ten years Training Expertise has specialised in outdoor first aid training.  In the last three or four years we have also developed a range of driver training including off-road drivingdefensive driving and MIDAS courses.  Throughout we were told by many clients that they struggled to find first aid training really tailored to their needs.

Therefore we are delighted, in association with BORDA, to launch our new vehicle first aid course.

outdoor first aid for vehicle incidents

First aid training focused on vehicle safety

This unique one day practical course covers outdoor first aid for vehicle emergencies. It focuses on first aid skills related to off-road driving & remote areas. It covers the core life-saving skills to deal with an incident through plenty of hands-on practice including vehicle based and outdoor scenarios.

It is built around practical vehicle related scenarios eg burns, falls from vehicle and collapse at the wheel.

Outdoor first aid for vehicle emergencies is for anyone who uses off-road vehicles or drives off-road professionally or in their leisure time. Skills learnt on this course will enable you to provide help in a first aid situation be it at an off-roading event, whilst driving yourself, at work or the first aid incidents you could come across on the road or in your day to day life.

It is certified by REC and run in association with BORDA so meets the needs of off-roaders, or anyone working in and around vehicles needing an emergency first aid qualification for work or simply for their own peace of mind.

If you’d be interested in discussing this course or any of our other driver training or outdoor first aid courses please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Vehicle safety on expeditions overseas

New Training Expertise Business Manager Matt Ilott has just returned from leading an amazing school expedition to Cambodia with our partners at Wilderness Expertise.  He’s been reflecting on one of the biggest challenges we face when working overseas – vehicle safety.

One of the hardest elements of expedition travel safety – when it can be hardest to control the team and their safety is undoubtedly when using vehicles. Splitting the team to fit into the forms of transport available, be it Tuk-Tuks, taxis or minivans can be a real challenge, with hectic roads and language barriers. 

Cambodia expedition vehicle safety

vehicle safety on overseas expedition in Cambodia

It is crucial to know what to look for when assessing the vehicle safety, the driver and their driving.  So, some top tips:

  • WHO is driving – select trusted drivers, get local recommendations, ensure they are licensed and fit to drive
  • WHAT are they driving – is the vehicle appropriate and in good working order
  • WHEN they are driving – when did the driver last take a break…
  • WHERE are they driving – plan routes and avoid known hotspots, busier times of day where possible
  • HOW are they driving – don’t be afraid to say STOP and get out!

If you’d be interested in discussing any training in dynamic risk assessmentfield safety or vehicle safety on expedition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you know of a school looking for an amazing adventure next year, check out Wilderness Expertise’s outstanding school expeditions.

Field safety support in Namibia

Our field safety training is based firmly on real field experience.  All our trainers are active fieldworkers and expedition leaders and as well as training, they work regularly out in the field as medics and fieldwork safety advisors.  Dom has just returned from Namibia where he spent a week in the desert providing on-site field safety support to one of our clients.  We thought we’d share a few photos and some of his experiences.

field safety in the Namibian desert

Enjoying the dunes on the final day of the trip

Namibia was a beautiful place, with wide expanses of true wilderness.  We drove for days on end without seeing any sign of other human life, let alone any actual people! Magical as this wilderness is it poses some field safety challenges as well.  The wildlife was magnificent, seeing zebra, oryx. meerkats, ostrich, springboks as well as regular signs of elephant and lion.  Care had to be taken around camp in the evenings and overnight.

It was also a good environment for putting driver training skills into practice.  We encountered deep sand, rocky terrain and some challenges for drivers and toyota landcruisers alike.  Sharp rock edges proved a challenge for the lancruiser tyres and we got plenty of practice in the challenges of changing tyres in remote desert environments!

field safety in the Namibian desert

Endless desert wilderness

Visiting rocky outcrops also posed some challenges with the need for careful group management, expedition leadership and outdoor skills to manage issues such as loose rock and steep exposed areas.

Through a combination of good field sense, dynamic risk assessment by the team and good pre-planning the trip ran safely and successfully and we all returned dusty, happy and tired for a much needed cool drink and hot shower in Windhoek!

Driver training in practice in the desert

Challenging off road 4×4 driving in Namibia

If you would like any support or field safety training to help make your field plans a reality please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  You can also see more photos from Namibia on our facebook page.

Expedition Training skills put into practice in Africa

Today we are really delighted to share with you the latest news from our sponsored expedition Bhubesi Pride’s Rugby in Africa 2013. Since leaving our pre-trip and preparation expedition training week in Ascot the team have spent the past 54 days completely engrossed in Africa’s most unique rugby and community development programme… and we want to share with you their progress so far!

OFFICIAL PROJECT VIDEO PART ONE

For the team, Ryan, Juan Pablo, Guillaume, Ben, Jonathan and Mike, their journey started in full when they came together in Ascot [UK] on the 25th January. Training Expertise were really pleased to provide a range of field safety training to prepare them.  We covered advanced outdoor first aid, and 4×4 training to prepare the team for their Year 2 initiative, building on the foundations laid in 2012. Below is the team’s first video update, see the team thrown into project work in Ethiopia and Kenya and how partner communities are continuing to embrace rugby, with the focus to unite, empower and inspire…

Watch Bhubesi Pride’s first official video update from Rugby in Africa 2013

Rugby in Africa 2013 | Official Project Video Part One

ETHIOPIA

For a country with the least knowledge of rugby of the ten countries in which Bhubesi Pride works, it was a humbling and rewarding experience for all team members to witness clear progression and continue to contribute to the development of the game here. Their base was the town of Adama – not far from Addis Ababa and Bhubesi Pride’s third visit to the region since 2011. They worked with three schools, with boys and girls, enthusiastic local staff willing to learn themselves, as well as four hugely passionate player-coaches from Nyalas Rugby Club, who made the journey from the capital everyday, taking advantage of a great community rugby week!

For photos and numbers, read our week’s review

KENYA

After a grueling journey to Nairobi (northern Kenya’s roads make life tricky even for the toughest of 4x4s), Bhubesi Pride’s team engaged in a multi-layered week of sustainably sensitive activities, geared largely around a partner school, Shadrack Kimalel, on the edge of the Kibera Slum.

Knowing the challenges here, work was to be given a huge lift with supporting organisations and individuals, all interested in offering a helping hand, given their growing relationship(s) with the Pride. Brookhouse International School (our hosts for the week) provided us with six rugby scholars to assist with coaching on three consecutive days, the Kenya Sevens set-up spared Chris Brown and five international players …

Get the latest news, stories, stats and photos from Kenya

Unite, Empower, Inspire

See the action now: Our first video update including features from Ethiopia and Kenya

UGANDA

Continuing to strengthen our great working link with the Uganda Rugby Union, daily coaching clinics ran each morning, in the cooler section of the day, together with players from Jinja Nile RFC. Like in Nairobi, G4S [Uganda] sent four excellent Health & Safety [Life Skills] Educators from Kampala on two of the days, which complemented the faster-paced sports sessions perfectly. The tournament at Jinja Nile RFC on International Women’s Day – expertly ran by Juan Pablo – incorporated a 4-pitch competition with close to 300 boys and girls. Players from the Lady Cranes National Rugby Team and Pirates RFC led supporting coaching and rugby-values sessions and also helped to referee. G4S Uganda joined the team with a 30-strong team of security guards, office staff and life skills educators – providing an added opportunity for children to quiz them on career pathways – and organised the most delicious post-tournament lunch a player could wish for. Rwenzori kept staff and pupils watered for the second year in a row; another terrific friend of the Pride and Ugandan Rugby!

You’ll be able to view all the action from this awesome week in Jinja in our next project video – we’ll keep you posted!

A great blog for a hugely successful Jinja visit | The future is very, very exciting

Unite, Empower, Inspire

IREAD ALL ABOUT IT… AND WATCH BHUBESI PRIDE ON TV!

We are thrilled to report on even greater coverage this year, with massive media and press partners, all so keen to share Bhubesi Pride’s work in Africa with their enormous, loyal followings. For more insight in-print, online and on TV, check out the following…

  • SA Rugby Magazine – monthly features; latest update available now in current issue!
  • Rugbydump – online media partner, showcasing our official videos and exclusive team member stories
  • SuperSport – monthly inserts on ‘Boots & All’; the first airs this Thursday on SuperSport 1 at 8pm [SA time]*
  • SA Rugby Legends TV – updates on our partner’s TV show; the first feature airs 26th March on SuperSport 6*

*Subject to change

Would you, or someone you know, like to be a 2014 Expedition Coaching Team Member? Apply now!  Or get your company involved as a key partner; explore the opportunities…

MIDAS and the maze of minibus training

Do you or your staff need to drive minibuses?

Many people end up in the position of having to drive a Minibus without having had any further driver training since passing their driving test.

Often people are unclear if they are qualified, nervous of the size of the vehicle, worried that they might hit something, or not be able to manoeuvre it or squeeze into parking spaces.

Unusual minibus hazard

The solution –  The MiDAS training and assessment scheme was originally developed by Hampshire County Council and is now administered nationally through the Community Transport Association UK.  It is a nationally recognised and accredited  training and assessment scheme giving the standard to which all minibus drivers should drive.

We run the MiDAS scheme and can provide both classroom based and practical driver training at your school, company, college or university. Each driver will spend time behind the wheel,  improving their existing skill levels and gaining confidence with these larger vehicles.  Developing safer driving practices and reducing those little knocks and bumps that cost time and money to be fixed.

Staff that passed their car driving test after Jan 1997 will not have a D1 category licence and would need to take the DSA Minibus test at a relevant Driving Test Centre locally. They will also not have category E allowing them to tow larger trailers. Contact us for more information and course availability.