A chance for next generation road users to find a path to safer driving
THE drive to improve the standard of would-be young drivers in Gloucestershire will continue in the next school holiday.
The next Pathfinder driving tuition and road safety course will take place during the half term break at Cheltenham Racecourse later this month, October 28th – November 1st.
But if you want your son or daughter to take part, you need to apply soon as there are only a few places remaining. This is the fourth year the event has taken place in Gloucestershire run by Under 17 Drivers Pathfinder Limited in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl who earlier in the year awarded the charity a £30,000 grant to help fund it. “I warmly recommend this scheme to parents and wherever possible, would suggest they take advantage of it”, said Mr.Surl "The needless loss of life on our roads in recent weeks shows how important this kind of tuition is.
"Statistics regarding new and young drivers show that nearly one in three of those killed or seriously injured on our roads is under the age of 25 and that more than a quarter of 17 to 19-year-olds, most of them young men, crash within a year of passing their driving test.
“The Pathfinder Project is designed to address this problem by making young drivers more aware of the dangers they’ll face when they get behind a wheel unaccompanied. Things they learn now could keep them out of danger later”.
Paul Silverwood, one of the directors of Pathfinder Limited, said: “The project aims to achieve a sustainable reduction in serious injury, accident and conviction rates amongst drivers in the very high risk 17-24 age group. “It aims to develop positive attitudes to risk awareness and road safety while teaching fundamental technical driving skills. Young people work with a parent or carer supported by expert instructors over five intensive days of practical driving and our experience from previous courses is that they have a great time and leave the project at the end of the week with a much more responsible attitude and approach to driving.” The project costs £170 per head and is open to all young people, aged 15 or 16 on the first date of the programme across the county, regardless of their home and financial circumstances. A discretionary bursary scheme is available which can reduce the cost by up to 50% for qualifying students. Further information is available at www.under17driver.co.uk and from project directors John Beckford on 07785 360249 or Paul Silverwood on 07850 561455 Ends
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