What is Van Smart? fleetsource
WHAT IS VAN SMART?
What is Van Smart?
The Van Smart course focuses on driving in urban areas and specifically vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Vulnerable roads users include cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians (in particular children and the elderly), as well as horse riders. Pedestrians can dash into the road unexpectedly, have difficulty hearing or seeing traffic, or have disability or mobility issues, putting them at increased risk. Motorcyclists and cyclists are also extremely vulnerable and are most at risk at junctions, as they can be difficult to see in vehicle blind spots.
Van Smart is an essential training course providing van drivers with the knowledge, skills and defensive driving techniques to deal with the ever increasing challenges of driving within the busy urban environment. The course introduces various vehicle technologies that are available to detect the presence of vulnerable road users in close proximity of vehicles and help drivers avoid incidents.
To equip the drivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to plan and prepare themselves for driving
To identify road users who are vulnerable and why
To highlight a driver’s responsibilities
To educate van drivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to carry out their job diligently, safely, responsibly and with consideration for others
To familiarise van drivers to the issues a vulnerable road user may face on public roads (on-cycle practical module)
To review attitudes through reflection and critique to improve driving practices
Van Smart meets the requirements of:
Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) standard
Managing Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) contractual requirements
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