Calm People have just finished working with a national logistics organisation training their drivers to be stay calm on the road. In other words we have been helping them be more emotionally resilient.
Emotionally resilient drivers are likely to –
- Be more alert and drive more safely.
- Be less emotionally reactive and thus be –
- Better ambassadors for their company and professional drivers in general
- Safer drivers
- More controlled thus burning less fuel
- Have lower accident rates
- Experience less conflict
- Have less time off work.
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How did we get into this?
A number of years ago Calm People came across the idea of Driver CPC training when a client suggested we could design a workshop for their drivers.
As a result we put together a 1 day, 7 hour Driver CPC workshop that is specifically aimed at HGV drivers but which gains a lot of interest from fleet managers for company car drivers and from organisations with a lot of van drivers on their books. We call it Keeping Calm on the Road.
This year we have been running this programme for a national logistics provider and they have been really impressed. Want to know what the drivers thought? Click here
Below is an excerpt from the last page of our workbook where we share our Rules for Driving Calmly on the road.
To get see the “Rules for Driving Calmly” which link to the development work in the workshop you have to attend the course. But we are happy to share some of the simple tips that we add in at the end of the course and which drivers know so well but sometimes fail to remind themselves of.
When you are driving bear in mind the following –
- Driving when you are upset or angry means you will be distracted and your risk of being involved in a crash will increase. If you feel stressed or angry, take time out to calm down before you start driving (See breathing & Visualisation).
- Try to keep your distance from those with driving behaviour that annoys you, you’ll have more time to adapt your driving if they make any mistakes or drive badly. It also allows you to concentrate on driving well yourself.
- Some drivers look for a reaction from other road users and enjoy conflict or competing. Getting into conflict or a competition with another driver could lead to a serious incident so let them go by and don’t rise to the bait.
- Refrain from eye contact with an angry or aggressive driver as this has the potential to make the situation worse.
- If you find you are being followed by an impatient driver who is following you very closely or tailgating – take control and don’t allow them to bully you into increasing your speed or to be intimidated. Instead find a safe opportunity to allow that driver to pass by.
- If you unknowingly cause another driver to become angry – hold up your whole hand as a friendly acknowledgement of your mistake and an apology as it can diffuse the situation. This will help diffuse the situation even if you feel that you have done nothing wrong.
- If you find that you are stressed by an incident on the road, to avoid any carryover effects for the rest of the journey, when it is safe to do so stop and take time out to relax (see breathing & Visualisation).
- Reduce your chances of becoming involved in a road rage incident by driving with consideration for others and keeping your distance from other vehicles.