Emergency Services Driver Risk Assessments
Firefighting is an inherently risky and stressful occupation and the fire service provides high quality training in the driving skills required to deal with incidents. Research undertaken by the Driving Research Group at Cranfield University has shown that the behavioural and emotional responses to driving a fire appliance can increase the risk of being involved in a work-related road collision for some individuals. Driving an appliance can be stressful and affect a driver’s ability to cope by interfering with hazard monitoring skills and provoking emotional responses.
The Fire Appliance Driver Risk Index™ is a reliable instrument to predict firefighter stress reactivity and coping for the delivery of bespoke coaching interventions by your in-house driver trainers.
Police Driver Risk Index™
The occupation of law enforcement has been identified as one of the most stressful in existence across the world with a combination of high workload, and intense time pressure. Police drivers on response and pursuit in the execution of police duty need to develop excellent driving skills as well as the ability to recognise when a heightened psychological and physiological response to a call may affect decision-making and driving performance.
Research undertaken by the Driving Research Group at Cranfield University led to the development of the Police Driver Risk Index™ as a valid and reliable instrument to predict police driver stress and coping responses. The Police Driver Risk Index™ is used in the delivery of bespoke coaching interventions by police driver trainers across several forces.
Ambulance Driver Risk Index™
NHS Ambulance Trusts make a significant investment in training for driving ambulance vehicles under demanding conditions. A driver risk assessment of driver behaviour is a cost effective and objective method for coaching safer behavioural and coping responses via in-house driver trainers. Research undertaken by the Driving Research Group at Cranfield University led to the construction of the Ambulance Driver Risk Index™ based on a qualitative analysis of interviews with ambulance drivers from several geographic regions in the UK and a large scale survey.
As part of their Level 4 Diploma in Emergency Response Ambulance, Driving Instruction (L4DERADI) Driving Instructors also attend our two day Facilitators Course to increase awareness of human factors in driving, understand the Goals for Driver Education Matrix, the psychometric properties of the Ambulance Driver Risk Index™ and how to use behaviour change techniques for influencing driver behaviour via coaching methods.