A brand new police-led scheme aimed at improving road safety for learner drivers has been launched in the Wirral area of the North West of England this week. The ground-breaking safety initiative called “ENGAGE” is being introduced by the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and they are hopeful of reducing accidents involving young drivers.
The scheme is collaboration between Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and five local authorities. Over one-hundred local driving instructors have been given specialist training to help learner drivers identify and deal with the hazards that are encountered on the roads of the United Kingdom each day. Among the topics to be covered in the scheme are: driver distraction, influence of other drivers and passengers, tiredness, speed, drink and drug driving, effects of medication and importance of seatbelts. These are the main factors that Merseyside Police feel contribute to the number of people injured and killed each year. The scheme is viewed as a significant step towards improving driver education and as a result seeing safer roads in Merseyside. It is hoped the new scheme will reduce the chances of new drivers having to make a claim on their Cheap Car Insurance.
Sergeant Paul Mountford from Merseyside Police said: “ENGAGE is a new, exciting approach that looks to set a higher standard for driver education to improve road safety for novice drivers of all ages across Merseyside. It also places an expectation on parents and guardians of young drivers to involve themselves in the process. As a parent myself, I know what it feels like to see a son or daughter drive away from home for the first time after they have passed their driving test and the stress and worry, waiting for them to return.”
In addition to the practical skills, learner drivers will complete exercises between lessons and attend an evening workshop held jointly by police and council road safety officers. There will also be a number of workshops aimed at parents and guardians of learner drivers to keep them updated about the scheme.