HRETDs light delivery vehicles defensive driving training course details
Light delivery vehicle
defensive driving
SAQA unit standard: 10567
Field: Physical Planning and Construction
NQF level:  01 (4 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Ten learners
Novice training duration: One day (theory up to 10 learners), and one day one-on-one practical coaching per learner
Remedial training duration: One day
HRETDs light delivery vehicles defensive driving training course details
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Training requirments
Fleet logistics and
defensive driver
4x4 defensive driving
AARTO for fleet managers
AARTO for professional drivers
Anti-hijacking techniques
Dangerous goods by road
Diesel locomotive shunting
Economic driving
Expat RSA roads orientation
Gravel roads defensive driving
Heavy vehicle defensive driving - essential skills
Heavy vehicle defensive driving - full skills training
Light delivery vehicles
Lowbed securement
Maintaining customer relations
Motorcycle defensive driving
Professional driver evaluations
Rigid heavy vehicles
Side tipper trucks
Vehicle combinations
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
Working at heights
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools

Included in this mutimedia training programme Our roads are increasingly congested and hazardous, making defensive driving skills indispensable for light delivery vehicle operators. HRETD's "Light Delivery Vehicles Defensive Driving" course addresses these challenges head-on, covering vital areas such as load securement, speed management, and emergency handling. Multimedia elements like quizzes and videos enrich the learning experience, making it both comprehensive and engaging.

Stay Ahead of Risks. The course equips participants with the tools to navigate congested roads and erratic driving behaviour safely. Through hands-on training and real-world simulations, drivers will master techniques for hazard identification, safe lane changing, and evasive manoeuvring, enhancing their ability to respond effectively to unforeseen risks.

Drive Safely, Deliver Successfully. This training not only contributes to individual skill development but also bolsters organisational safety metrics, thereby lowering the risk of accidents and subsequent costs.

Entry requirements

A currently valid national driver’s license with the appropriate code for the class of vehicle being used for practical coaching and exercises.

Advanced driver training

Each learner will receive

Light delivery vehicles defensive driving training

Freight delivery vehicles

Course content

Introduction to Defensive Driving

This module introduces the concept of defensive driving and its importance in South Africa, where road accidents are a significant concern. Participants will learn what defensive driving means and why it's crucial for road safety. The module also covers the legal requirements under the National Road Traffic Act and provides an overview of current road accident statistics in South Africa, aiming to underscore the urgency of adopting defensive driving techniques.

Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance

Understanding vehicle condition is paramount for safe driving. This module instructs participants on how to perform a comprehensive pre-trip inspection using a checklist. Topics such as basic vehicle maintenance, tyre care, and fluid checks are also covered. Proper vehicle maintenance not only prevents breakdowns but also contributes to road safety.

Driver Condition

The condition of the driver is as critical as the vehicle's state. This module focuses on the negative impacts of driving while fatigued, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and distracted driving due to mobile phone usage. It also stresses the importance of wearing seat belts at all times.

Driving Techniques

This module teaches essential driving techniques such as correct hand positioning on the steering wheel, efficient use of mirrors, and effective braking techniques. Participants will learn how to manage blind spots and how to navigate common driving challenges, which can contribute to a reduced risk of accidents.

Road Awareness

Road awareness is vital for defensive driving. This module delves into the importance of situational awareness and how to read and understand road signs and signals. Topics also include the rules for giving way, and safe practices for navigating roundabouts and intersections.

Adverse Driving Conditions

Driving in adverse conditions presents unique challenges. Participants will learn how to safely operate vehicles in conditions like rain, fog, or night-time. The module covers techniques for skid control and recommends safe following distances based on driving conditions.

Accident Procedures

Even the best defensive drivers can find themselves in an accident. This final module equips participants with knowledge on the correct procedures for reporting an accident and completing necessary documentation. It also provides basic first aid guidelines and best practices for managing the scene post-accident.

Anti-Hijacking and Overcoming Lawlessness
on South African Roads

Introduction to hijacking and lawlessness on South African roads, identifying and assessing risks, anti-hijacking techniques for heavy vehicle operators, responding to hijacking and lawlessness incidents, legal and regulatory framework, and cooperation and collaboration with law enforcement.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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TETA accreditedTraining programme accreditation

This training programme is considered supplementary to, and forms part of Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) unit standards 10567 (Transport personnel, material and equipment using Light Delivery Vehicle).

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent, the candidate will be issued with a certificate of competence.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training. John, a construction team supervisor, was keen on implementing quality principles on his construction site. One day, a scaffold erecting and dismantling supervisor named Sarah joined the team. They had a quick meeting on planned task observations, as they aimed to apply quality control meticulously. The supervisory skills John had acquired in his training courses proved effective as he managed the team smoothly. An incident occurred when they started to operate pan compactors and trench compactors. Safety was their top priority, and they had a fire and evacuation marshal named Tim, as well as a fall protection planner named Emily. Both had gone through rigorous task observation training and were adept at safety monitoring. Suddenly, a fall arrest situation happened. A worker named Jack was dangling from the scaffold. Emily, the fall protection planner, initiated the protocols while Tim, the fire and evacuation marshal, cleared the area. Another team member, trained as a fall arrest rescue technician, sprung into action and rescued Jack efficiently. The next day, the management decided to elevate the role of the fire and evacuation marshal and the fall protection planner, to include teaching supervisory skills and management skills to all staff. It was crucial to maintain standards, including those for scaffold erection, soil compaction, and machinery operation. In the end, John felt proud of his team's swift actions and appreciated how every member's training in areas like conflict resolution, construction safety, and task safety played a role in averting a crisis. The management, impressed by the team's performance, decided to engage Sarah, the scaffold supervisor, to oversee scaffold dismantling as well. Sarah had significant scaffolding skills and had completed courses in leadership training and employee supervision. She was an expert at operating heavy machinery, including the trench compactors. John's team was also responsible for off-road 4x4 driving techniques, heavy vehicle defensive driving, and AARTO system regulations. Given the mix of terrains they had to navigate to reach different construction sites, these skills were essential. They even had courses for light delivery vehicles and motorcycle defensive driving for delivery staff. With AARTO system training, they made sure that professional drivers understood the legal obligations and safety requirements, particularly for fleet managers. To address the challenge of securing heavy machinery for transport, they had a specialized training session on lowbed securement best practices. A team member, Mark, was excellent at maintaining customer relations, a skill he acquired through specific training programs. As the team expanded, pre-employment professional driver evaluations were introduced. This helped in assessing the driving skills of new recruits, which was crucial for maintaining construction site safety. Economic driving skills were taught to make the best use of fuel, reducing operational costs. Their training programs also catered to expats, offering RSA roads orientation, anti-hijacking techniques, and risk mitigation. They even included a unique program focusing on defensive driving for gravel roads. The last addition to their training curriculum was a special course on economic driving skills and techniques to help save fuel and reduce emissions. One day, they received a big project that required additional skilled workers. Luckily, John had undergone supervisory training, enabling him to manage even larger teams effectively. The project was a big success, and it was all thanks to their diverse skill set, continuous training, and excellent supervisory skills. The team felt a sense of accomplishment, knowing their comprehensive training—from 4x4 driving techniques to construction equipment operation—made them versatile and effective in their roles.
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