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Arval Driving Academy

Arval Driving Academy

We trust that safe driving and eco driving constitute the basis of comfort for all road users.  Our safe driving school is a place where drivers can improve their skills under the watchful eye of experienced instructors.  

ARVAL POLSKA is the first company on the fleet market that has introduced a comprehensive training programme into its offering to improve driving techniques within the ARVAL DRIVING ACADEMY.  We provide training on our own vehicles and at specially prepared circuits throughout Poland (we have 8 available sites).  We work with reputable schools and professional instructors, who have many years of experience in medical rescue, traffic psychology, motorsports and training in driving techniques. In addition to the theoretical and practical part, our training also includes elements of fitness trials which check the skills acquired during the course and provide large doses of adrenaline.

Added value for the driver:

  • Training on first aid, focused on road accidents
  • Improving driving skills, no matter the driver’s experience
  • Teaching on road risk awareness and level of responsibility of being a driver
  • Training on anticipation techniques and preventing risky road situations
  • Understanding of G-forces impacting the vehicle in move
  • Improving skills of using the safety technology in the vehicle (ABS, ESP, ASR etc).
  • Teaching on safety rules towards passengers (incl. children on board)
  • Rules to handle the vehicle’s acceleration and brakes

Added value for the company:

  • Decreasing the number of road accidents and reduction of parking damages
  • Increasing the safety level of drivers and their passengers
  • Cost reduction of “out of scheme” mechanical repairs
  • Reduction of fuel cost
  • Increasing the efficiency of field-working employees
  • Integrating the safety guidelines with the Corporate Fleet Policy

Monitoring driver’s skills progress with high-tech telematics programs

We offer 3 modules of training where the most popular one is Safety Driving

It consists of following elements

First Aid

Theoretical lessons and practical exercises with phantoms. Learning the technique of the artificial respiration, clearing airway respiration with presence of spinal injuries, providing help to victims of traffic accidents.

Driver’s position

Proper position behind the steering wheel: proper seat position, distance to the pedals and steering wheel, adjustment of backrest and headrest height.

Seat belts

Safety belt properties, their performance, proper regulation and the hazards of improper use.

Luggage & Passengers

Safety rules and traffic regulations related to the transport of passengers with the emphasis on transport of children. Additionally, the principles of safe luggage transport.

Operating the wheel

Proper hand placement on the steering wheel, control of the steering wheel and proper reaction in emergency situations. 

Dynamic slalom

Optimal racetrack while turning, proper gas and brake work, balance of the car.

Emergency braking

Simulation of sudden lane intrusion and high speed braking. The exercise teaches how to properly use the capability of ABS system, which is serially installed in every vehicle.

Lane change

A dynamic test during which a participant practices a violent avoidance manoeuvre without braking and learns to control a vehicle that is in a skid. 

Competition

To verify acquired skills, participants follow a specially prepared route with time measurement while paying special attention to all elements of safe driving. The ride is scored both in terms of time achieved and proper driving behaviour. 

Defensive Driving

Advanced technique of driving which can be used on regular basis, in all road conditions. DD improves safety and reduces the accident risk. The driver benefits from observation and anticipation techniques allowing to prevent dangerous road situations from happening. DD is based on 3 pillars: appropriate mental attitude, effective observation and anticipation.

Training features, to which we pay attention:

  • Effective road observation and threats anticipation
  • The knowledge about the traffic rules which impact the safety
  • Matching speed to visibility, particularly in fog, by night and in corners
  • Maintaining a safe forward gap (the 2 / 3 seconds rule)
  • How to signalize the maneuver (the mirror-decision-signal-maneuver procedure)
  • Mirror checks after identifying a potential hazard
  • Commentary driving
  • Courtesy (whenever safe and rational) for other road users
  • Driving tactics

Eco Driving

Driving technique resulting in fuel savings (from 5% up to 20%) and vehicle exploitation cost reduction (brake pads, engine components etc.). ED is all about taking couple of commonsense actions based on Physics rules and way the combustion engine works. That shall finally result in smooth driving, minimizing the air resistance, reduction of transport weight and also optimal engine usage.

The training progam:

  • During the training each participant drives twice the same distance: for the first time with his typical driving behavior with no guidance from the instructor but for the second time with the theoretical background provided meantime by the instructor.
  • During each drive, the instructor measures the average fuel consumption and time of driving – all around „silent competition” between participants.

Advantages of training with the usage of telematics system

  • Telematic system allows for the additional measurement of driving parameters, which directly influences the effectiveness of driving and fuel consumption, meaning: the number of stops, brakes, deflection of pedals and average speed.
  • Additional value of telematics data is the precise indication of spots, where the driver had made mistakes or – on the contrary – he generated savings.
  • Due to innovative training approach, all the participants are highly impressed and do not question the results. Finally the training improves motivation of participants to take advantage of ED techniques in long time horizon.
  • As the result of the training, participants obtain a telematic report from their driving, which includes all the parameters of vehicle’s performance.

A very important part of any training, which we always strongly encourage customers to take, is first-aid training and a demonstration of a simulation of a road accident.  We also organize road accident simulations at the Arval Driving Academy, which may be conducted at your premises – even at the car park in front of your office building.  The activities are monitored by medical rescue specialists and Arval Driving Academy trainers.
The simulation starts with professional theoretical training, focusing on learning how to behave properly and administer first aid in life-threatening situations.

During the training, the participants acquire knowledge of:

  • How to stop and park their own vehicles for this to be optimal from the point of view of rescue operations  
  • How to take care of their own safety while providing assistance  
  • How to professionally secure the place of the accident and call for help  
  • How to assess the interior of the vehicle which was in the accident  
  • How to assess the condition of the victims  
  • How to administer pre-medical first aid to the victims.  

The simulation is a test, in which the participants are forced to make their own assessment of the situation and conduct the necessary rescue activities. Its realistic and spontaneous course helps verify the actual knowledge and the effectiveness of the participants in administering first aid.  It shows that seemingly simple and even textbook activities can prove to be extremely complicated to perform in emergency situations and under the pressure of time.  

Arval Driving Academy is a part of our CSR policy, which we – as a company offering mobility and issuing hundreds of new cars each month for use on Polish roads – believe must be applied in practice.  We need to take care of our users; road safety also depends on their skills and maturity.  Therefore, we offer our customers training on improving driving techniques in order to be able to stay cool in the least expected situations.  In addition to training, we are currently introducing a further element – a safety card, which is obligatory with every new car issued”, said Grzegorz Szymański, CEO of Arval Polska.  

The safety card is brief information on how to administer first aid, with a reminder of the emergency numbers and an appeal not to use a mobile phone.  Because no text message is more important than human life.  

Training at the Arval Driving Academy is becoming a part of the fleet policy in many companies.  Some of our customers train every new employee (company car user), while the training is repeated every few years.  Companies also create lists of users with the highest accident rate in collisions through the employee’s fault.  These people receive additional training.