Teenagers to get help in preparing them for life on the road

Two new courses aimed at giving younger drivers the skills they need before they go onto the roads of the UK could change the bad reputation that teenagers have. Older drivers feel that teenagers drive too fast and are a danger to the more mature motorist.

The courses are a joint partnership between Bedfordshire Council and Highways Contractor Amey and they will be running for the next twelve weeks. Having already proved very popular in the past, the MORE 16 and MORE Drive programmes have been specially designed for young people aged between 16 and 24. There are three different workshops where the younger drivers will learn driving skills, safety and maintenance before they start driving lessons. The workshops are run by vehicle inspectors and collision investigators from Bedfordshire Police who will offer real life experiences from professionals who are at the top of their field. The course will also offer some guidance to parents on choosing the best driving instructor and how they can help their child in other ways.

The MORE Drive programme will give 17 to 24 year olds, who have recently passed their driving test, the chance to drive on a skid pan. The course will teach the essentials of skid control, why it is vital to steer into a skid as well as tracking on slippery roads and dealing with adverse road conditions. The youngsters will quickly discover that controlling a skidding car often requires the driver to do the exact opposite to what the brain is saying. The young drivers will also be able to practice emergency stops at different speeds. The skills they pick up will not only help them protect themselves, their passengers, and other motorists, it will help them keep their direct car insurance costs to a minimum as they learn to avoid accidents.

Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Sustainable Communities Services, said: “These programmes offer a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn new skills and improve their driving ability. I’m delighted that we can offer these opportunities across Central Bedfordshire. Having attended MORE Drive, I have seen how much everyone took away with them and hope we have even more young people attend the future events.”

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