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Iceni Magazine | October 23, 2018

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Creating safer young drivers – Driving lessons for 10-17s launch for the first time in Norfolk

Driving lessons for 10-17s launch for the first time in Norfolk

– Innovative sessions reduce accidents in newly qualified drivers by more than a half

– Scheme to launch in Norwich in December

A groundbreaking driver training course aimed at 10-17 year olds has announced it will launch in Norfolk for the first time. 

The first Young Driver event will be held on Saturday 9th December on a large, specially designed course at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich, offering anyone over the age of 10 the chance to drive a car in a safe but realistic environment.  

Four hundred people are killed in accidents involving young drivers every year in the UK. Shockingly, one in five newly qualified drivers crash within six months of passing their test, rising to 40 per cent of 17-year old males. Only eight per cent of drivers are aged 17 – 24 and yet they account for a worrying 30 per cent of people who are killed in cars every year. 

But for those who have taken a Young Driver course, the rate of accidents in that worrying first six months drops by more than a half, to fewer than one in ten. The scheme has now given almost 500,000 lessons at over 50 venues across Britain.

During the lessons dual controlled Vauxhall Corsas are used and tuition is provided by highly qualified driving instructors. On a specially constructed road system with traffic signs, and specific areas for practising manoeuvres, youngsters are encouraged to consider responsible driving and are given time to perfect the necessary driving skills without the pressures of public roads. A personalised Drive Diary charts how they do.

Laura White, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “We are really excited to be launching in Norfolk for the first time. We have been actively looking for sites in the region for quite some time, as we frequently have requests from parents and youngsters, and so it’s great to have found somewhere so ideal. The Norfolk Showground is a fantastic, large space, with a ready-made road system, so we’ll be able to create a really interesting and realistic driving experience for youngsters. 

With one in five young people crashing within six months of passing their test, it is vital something is done to help our youngsters become safer drivers. We believe it is important to train drivers over a longer period of time and that catching youngsters when their attitudes towards driving are still developing is key to producing a safer driver. By starting at a younger age you can more easily focus on attitude and behaviour and you have a better chance of tackling a young person’s sense of invulnerability.” 

Driving tuition is available for disabled youngsters and Young Driver can also cater for birthday parties. Thirty or sixty-minute lessons must be booked in advance. Lessons start from £34.95. 

Young Driver will initially run once or twice a month at the Norfolk Showground, with confirmed dates so far on 14th and 28th January, 10th, 14th and 24thFebruary, 17th March, 28th April and 19th May.

For more information, to book a lesson or to buy vouchers visit www.youngdriver.com or call 0844 371 9010.

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