Employers have an obligation to provide a risk assessment for any
employees considered to be exposed to manageable risk, and this includes
risk associated with driving for work purposes, irrespective of whether
the vehicle in question has been provided by the employer or not.

To meet this need, Drive & Survive has devised the Individual
Driver Risk Assessment (IDRA).

There are two versions:

  • for drivers of cars, car-derived vans and minibuses
  • for drivers of Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs)

Both are interactive, informative and user friendly but also able
to assess the degree to which a driver has concern about specific
risk situations, thus identifying far more clearly the driver’s
likely behaviour in real life situations.

The car/van/minibus version only takes about 20
minutes to complete and is available in a number of formats – web-based,
e-mail and hard copy.  The online version features moving graphics
and we have gone to great lengths to ensure it does not feel like
a test. It also provides a degree of useful safety-related information
during the process, so is far more than a simple assessment.

Essentially the car IDRA is divided into two sections – an
analysis of the driving environment and an analysis of the driver’s
attitude to specific scenarios. Although the first section is purely
factual, there are no straightforward right or wrong answers in the
second section; some answers are simply better than others in terms
of assessing risk priority in that specific scenario.

Once the participant has completed the IDRA, the calculation engine
in the background produces a risk rating for that individual, based
on his or her responses. Using this data, a report is compiled and
sent to the main customer contact. The report effectively becomes
the recommendation for further risk-reducing action in the future
and provides the first piece of evidence that the employer is analysing
the risk that its drivers are exposed to, and therefore has a plan
to address that risk.

The LGV version of the IDRA is
only available in online format and takes approximately 40 minutes
to complete, as it is in a different format to the car version. It
analyses the drivers’ knowledge of driving rules and regulations,
their attitude towards the business of driving itself and also the
specific driving environment in which they normally carry out their
work duties.

The product is particularly useful for assessing the likely aptitude
and safety rating of new recruits to a business.

Once online, the participant will first be presented with the knowledge
element of the assessment, which consists of 20 questions drawn at
random from a bank of 100, based on the DSA’s LGV licence acquisition
test. Depending upon the class of licence held, all participants
would be expected to meet the expected standard of an 80% score rate.

The environment in which any driver operates can have a dramatic
effect on their exposure to risk and this is a crucial element of
the LGV Driver Assessment. This section calls for the participant
to list weekly mileages, times of day normally at the wheel and types
of roads regularly used. Those drivers involved in multi drop deliveries
or urban area operation are particularly vulnerable, and the assessment
will not only flag this up from a risk rating point of view but may
also highlight concerns which can be addressed with specific training
interventions.

The final, attitude element of the process is assessed by way of
the participants’ response to a series of multi-choice questions
about typical driving scenarios shown on screen. The answers are
mathematically weighted, based on known data from insurance, police,
government department, research and academic sources. Any driver
with a low attitude score should be of concern to the employer and
should particularly be considered for targeted remedial training.