Winter Maintenance

Course Introduction

With the UK’s increasingly changeable climate conditions and severe weather events, winter maintenance crews are fast becoming a more important safety resource for our road network.

Any delay in achieving ‘on target’, seriously affects thousands of road users and costs business millions in lost revenue.

Therefore, providing the winter maintenance team with the most effective and realistic training relevant to their unique driving role is crucial to help keep the wheels turning.

R³ Road Risk Reduction has been delivering memorable and measured driver training for a number of years and has developed a unique mix of theory and hands-on training exercises to simulate real-life situations.

Course includes:

  • Loss of vehicle control in a skid
  • Spatial awareness and speed tests
  • Safety workshops
  • Measured test of learning increase


  • If roads were not gritted the cost to UK economy is estimated at £2 billion per year
  • Lives saved by gritting the roads is immeasurable
  • UK Councils regularly spread over 2 million tonnes or road salt (grit) per year
  • Highway authorities are responsible for gritting nearly 90% of all UK roads
  • Around 80,000 miles of roads are regularly treated

What’s Included?

Private use of our unique low grip skid surface and driving areas with professional instruction and advice.

  • Introduction and Safety Workshop
  • Driver test
  • Skid area drive
  • Spatial awareness and speed exercises
  • Safety Workshop
  • Re-test
  • Debrief and Summary
  • Attendance certificate with test scores
  • Driver assessment forms
  • Refreshments and light lunch

How we can help you

  • Revise driver attitude to vehicle and driver limits
  • Raise awareness of driver safety issues
  • Provide knowledge of vehicle systems and driver influences
  • Provide proof of measured learning
  • Instil a memorable driver safety ethic complimenting CSR best practice
  • Create drivers who become Ambassadors for safer driving

How we do this

Our aim is to prevent the dangerous/costly situation by revising driver attitude and raising awareness, through physically allowing the driver to ‘mess-up’ in safety. We believe ‘Actions teach louder than words’

Our one-day course is designed with 25% theory and 75% active learning, with measured deliverables throughout the day. Drivers will leave better able to understand how they will react under certain conditions and how best to avoid making the situation worse.

Driving is the most dangerous activity that most of us do almost every day

of all crashes are caused by skidding

5 people die
and 66 seriously injured (average) every DAY on the UK roads

More drivers
are killed at work than deep sea fishermen

of all road crashes are driver error