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Atlas Security Response Officers Sharpen Driving Skills with Isuzu

Port Elizabeth

October 30, 2019

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Close to 100 staff members from Atlas Security recently participated in the Isuzu Driving Academy’s Defensive and Advanced Driver Training in Port Elizabeth – the first security company in the Eastern Cape to do so.

Almost 80% of the company’s fleet are Isuzu vehicles, so it was time for the technical and operational staff to get to know their Isuzus a bit better.

Atlas Security Operations Manager Monty Montgomery said Isuzu D-MAX bakkies are ideal for Atlas Security. The company has expanded beyond the city boundaries of Port Elizabeth to serve the communities living in and around Port Alfred and Alexandria, and the ride height of the D-MAX prevents costly damage when driving on bad roads.

“We have recently introduced a number of the latest Isuzu bakkies to our Armed Response Fleet – proudly nicknamed the ‘Beasts’. These eye-catching vehicles in matt urban camo livery and reflective branding are a talking point among our customers. The bakkies have proven to be durable, and go anywhere without straining their abilities,” said Montgomery.

The new Atlas Security D-MAX bakkies have been kitted out with the latest vehicle tracking units, two-way radios, fire and emergency medical kits, and in-car touch screen auto dispatch devices.

“These Beasts have specialised LED spotlights on the sides and rear to illuminate overgrown areas. This affords 360-degree visibility day and night,” said Montgomery.

He said that Atlas Security underwent staff training with Isuzu Driving Academy to avoid accidents, particularly when responding to critical emergencies.

“When responding under duress, response officers can make mistakes. Our aim is to make them more aware while driving, and so better able to avoid accidents. Thanks to this course, we will safely get to our clients faster,” said Montgomery.

One of the Atlas Security staff members who participated in the driver training, Leon Pienaar, said he particularly enjoyed the emergency braking and emergency lane change training.

“You forget certain aspects of driving when you are on the road every day, and it was nice to brush up on some technical driving skills. I wish the training was longer – we really enjoyed it so much,” said Pienaar.

Another Atlas staff member, Darius Botha, rated the knowledgeable Isuzu Driving Academy’s instructors as excellent.

“I learnt many new things, like where to check how old a tyre is. The training will definitely help my driving, so I can respond to emergencies even better,” said Botha.

Isuzu Driving Academy offers on-road advanced and defensive driving as well as off-road driving courses to current and prospective Isuzu owners. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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