Welcome to Graham Mason Driver Training

Based in Cardiff South Wales we offer a range of training packages to suit individual requirements throughout the UK to local authorities, schools, colleges and private companies operating fleets of cars or commercial vehicles.

 
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Graham Mason Driver Training

Graham Mason is a Defensive Driving Consultant based in Cardiff South Wales. He is a Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor, DSA Registered Fleet Trainer, holds a Cert Ed in adult teaching, Diamond Advanced, Institute of Advanced Motorist, ROSPA Advanced driver qualifications. 

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About Us

Graham Mason is a Defensive Diving Consultant based in Cardiff, South Wales. He is a Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor, DSA Registered Fleet Trainer, holding Cert Ed (PcET) adult teaching qualifications, Diamond Advanced, Institute of Advanced Motorist, ROSPA Advanced driver qualifications and a Cert Ed in adult teaching.

Driving is a skill that can last for a lifetime but like everything in life you need to work on your skill to keep it at its best. Hopefully you can enjoy the experience of learning and then develop your style further as you drive. We are able to offer a complete range of driver training to suit all levels of client; the driver who wishes to build on their existing skill and maybe take an advanced test or someone that would like to add an extra skill to their portfolio.

Companies that wish to improve on their fuel consumption and insurance bills while making life on the road safer and more enjoyable for their employees can also be accommodated with tailor made packages for all circumstances. We are able to help newly qualified drivers build on their success with a Pass Plus course where the knowledge they already have will be challenged and new skills can be taught while reducing insurance premiums.

Existing drivers often ask us to help them with Motorway Driving or just some simple refresher driving to update their knowledge.  Help with the Advanced Test can be arranged for qualified drivers who wish to build on their skills. One or two hour training sessions can be arranged to fit in with your existing schedule. 

Driver Development and Fleet Operator packages can be built to suit individual requirements, from sole traders to companies with a large workforce. We are able to offer training and advice that will assist in reducing fuel consumption, increasing tyre life, reducing insurance premiums and most of all making your drivers more refreshed and able to offer a better and more productive contribution to your company.

The Government has passed legislation that affects the approach you as a company have towards the Health and Safety of your passengers. The “Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007”, now mean’s that companies whose staff are involved in serious accidents could be liable for gross negligence. For any employee who drives a motor vehicle as part of their job description, that vehicle can be defined as their place of work and therefore subject to Health and Safety legislation. As an employer of people who drive a motor vehicle on a road as part of their job function, and in connection with your company business, you are duty-bound to provide professional driver training. Even if you don’t actually supply the vehicle they use the implications are the same. These laws will also apply to your drivers if they are self employed and operating their own vehicles.

ECO Driving is becoming another area where significant savings can be made, better use of fuel, brakes and general vehicle sympathy all affect the amount each journey costs. All can usually be improved with coaching from one of our skilled trainers.

Diamond Accredited Taxi Driver Training, all our trainers have achieved accreditation from the Driving Instructors Association by attending a “Taxi Driver Training” course. This course is recognised by a growing number of local authorities as the minimum standard taxi drivers need to reach. Training is targeted specifically at the special risks and challenges that face taxi drivers while also ensuring their normal driving skills are as sharp and up to date as possible.

We offer Fleet Awareness and Driver Development courses for companies employing Car, PCV and LGV drivers, Minibus assessemnt and development and D1 training for anyone needing to drive a minibus but who passed the car test after 1997.

Theory sessions or Defensive Driving Seminars can be arranged for large or small groups of participants designed to challenge outlook and encourage an alternative approach to driving risk assessment and hazard management.

Driving Phobias

On this page we will look at the area of Driving Phobia, this is a new way of thinking concerning the fear of driving or of the roads that you are driving on. We have been approached on a number of occasions by clients who have passed a driving test and either dont drive at all or will only drive on specific roads with which they are famillier. A good examle and very common example of this is drivers who cannot drive on Motorways.

Driving phobia is not an official medical term, it is a name that we use to identify people who have an abnormally high level of anxiety and phobic response to road driving. It can become a severe psychological condition that is probably better described as a Driving Anxiety Disorder, with symptoms showing as frequent panic attacks triggered as a response to driving on a particular type of road or within certain traffic environments.

Typical symptoms related anxiety disorder, or road phobia, are many. The driver might feel as though they are not in control of their arms and legs, visual distortion, hyperventilating, nausea, dizzy spells, feeling hot and sweaty, are just a few. These can all be attributed to being brought on through a fear of driving on a certain type of road of which a motorway is the most common. Anyone who is affected by high levels of anxiety, or a phobic reaction to driving, will find that dealing with the normal routines of everyday life are extremely difficult. They will feel embarrassed, foolish and will almost certainly try to keep their concerns to themselves. They are likely to not even admit the phobia to family or close friends through the worry of being ridiculed. Anyone who develops a driving related phobia will mostly look for a cause that is connected to driving or roads and vehicles, often this is far from the cause of the problem. There will be some driving related incident involved at the time when the condition first comes to light, but that incident will be a trigger point rather than a cause.

"Phobias and other irrational fears can have many root causes - childhood trauma, mis-perception and even through inheriting the problem from a parent, for example. Hypnotherapy can identify the root cause of the fear or phobia, reduce or irradicate its effect and boost confidence levels". (Rob Lancey, Rhiwbina Hypnotherapy) 

If you feel that you might be suffering from Driving Phobia or if you are just simply nervous of a certain road or situation then we would be pleased to hear from you. All our trainers that work on this area are very skilled in driving coaching and will work at your pace to help you overcome the anxiety and feel comfortable driving on all roads and in all situations. All the sessions will be controlled by you with regard to frequency and duration, you will never be asked to do soemthing that will cause you to feel in way threatned and you are at no obligation to continue for any specified period of time. If you feel that Hypnotherapy might be of help to you Rob Lanceys contact details can be found on our links page. 

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Busk UK

BUSK is known throughout the United Kingdom and in Europe  as the consultancy dedicated to improving child transport safety. 

Consulted by, road safety professionals, motor manufacturers, schools, local authorities, police, public and private sector transport operatives etc., BUSK has well established expertise in the field of child transport and works tirelessly to improve pupils' safety when they travel by road. 

BUSK is dedicated to improving standards across the board, whether dealing with day to day transport of children to and from school or with the organisation of day trips or school visits abroad.

Graham Mason Driver Training is pleased to be associated with Busk UK and to deliver training to drivers on their behalf.

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