When researching into advanced driving courses, there will be a whole host of different types emerge with what seems like coded names you have to figure out the meaning of. Although what each advanced driving course typically consists of, is, in fact, very simple once broken down. Here we explain in detail the requirements and uses of each training type to help you decide which is the best advanced driving course for you.
How To Decide On The Best Advanced Driving Course
In order to decide on the advanced driving course that is best suited to your needs, first ask yourself a series of simple questions. What do you need your advanced licence for? Do you need your advanced licence for employment purposes or to enjoy a hobby? Are you hoping to pass quickly or over time? Do you have any experience in any advanced driving category?
To help you make the right decision on your advanced driving future, we have dissected the most popular advanced driving courses and discussed the benefits and why you may consider applying for it.
B+E training consists of three main categories, trailer training, caravan towing and horsebox training; most B+E licence holders take training courses for mainly entertainment purposes. You do not need to take an additional theory test and hazard perception test to book your B+E training and take your test.
Completing a trailer towing course will give you the ability to tow a trailer with your car legally, whether you are transporting goods for a family holiday or for work. During your trailer training, you will be guided through many different aspects of towing to ensure you pass your final exam as a safe driver. There are three main factors examiners will particularly keep an eye out during your test; your ability to manoeuvre, uncouple and re-couple correctly and your general driving skills.
It is unlikely that a caravan training course will be taken for anything other than recreational use. Completing this course will allow you to tow a caravan weighing more than 750kg. During your caravan training, the most critical safety aspects will be discussed such as the importance of never towing your caravan carrying passengers and how to keep your caravan stable while driving at a higher speed on, for example, the motorway.
Horsebox training courses are often taken for both work and hobbies. In terms of employment use, many people opt for taking training if they work on behalf of a professional rider, for example, a jockey and are responsible for the transportation of their horse across the country for competitions. On the other hand, many people take horsebox training simply for pleasure if they keep their horse at a farm far away from their favourite countryside settings to ride in.
All B+E tests will consist of the same process; they just may be a different order according to how the examiners prefer to test best.
C1 training courses cover two main vehicle types, ambulances and 7.5-tonne training, if you want to drive any vehicle between the weight of 3500kg and 7500kg. If you are looking to add an advanced driving licence to your CV in order to find new employment opportunities, the C1 Course is perfect and will certainly help you succeed in your new role.
A C1 licence is not compulsory to become a paramedic, but it will give you a huge advantage over other applicants when applying for a role as a paramedic or in the accident and emergency department of a hospital. Unlike B+E courses, you must pass a specialised theory and hazard perception test to go forward with your ambulance training. A full LGV medical examination is also required from your GP, which will have to be recorded and sent to the DVLA to be accepted.
7.5 Tonne Training
Taking a 7.5-tonne training course will allow you to become an HGV (Heavy Good Vehicle) driver and is a compulsory requirement for any type of lorry, truck or van based role. A medical examination is also required, and the D2 and D4 forms will need to be completed before booking your course. There are many different options for 7.5-tonne courses depending on your current level of experience, ranging anywhere from one to three days. One day training is best suited for those who simply need to be refreshed on the basics, and two or three-day training would be for learners starting from fresh giving extra time for practice.
D1 training is considerably stricter than the other advanced driving categories and mainly covers minibus driving. You have to be over 21 years old and have been legally driving for at least two years. The stricter requirements are necessary primarily because you will be carrying a group of passengers.
Similarly to C1 training, the main use of minibus training is for employment purposes. Not only can a minibus course be taken to embark in a new area of employment, but also if you wanted t further your current role, for example, a school teacher training to take pupils on school trips. One of the most vital skills you will pick up and eventually be tested on is the ability to control your vehicle and its speed when the minibus is full of passengers.
We hope that our guide has made each driving licence category a little clearer and more understandable. Most courses have very similar requirements to gain your provisional and again similar requirements to pass your final exam. Each examiner looks out for different skills in particular, so it is important to hit the nail on the head initially and understand every element needed to be a safe driver. All advanced driving courses are taught on a one to one basis meaning that if you feel as if you need extra work on a particular area of struggle, your instructor can male this the main focus for your spare few hours building up to your exam.