Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Safety first for young drivers

Two young drivers from North Lincolnshire, Chloe Pattinson and James Dannatt, are the first to pass the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) Roadsmart Skills for Life advanced driving programme in North Lincolnshire.

The two young drivers will be presented with their certificates on Wednesday 24 August at Scunthorpe Advanced Motorist’s meeting at Redbourne Club, Scunthorpe.

John McKenzie, a HEMS paramedic at Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance service will be the guest speaker at the event. He will be talking about his experiences.

North Lincolnshire Council’s Road Safety Team, working in partnership with Scunthorpe Advanced Motorists, provided this opportunity for young people aged 17 to 24 to improve their driving skills by funding the advanced driver training course.

In addition to the course, the young people were given a one year’s membership of the IAM and a year’s membership with Scunthorpe Advanced Motorists.

The Skills for Life course is practical and effective at improving driving skills, reducing the risk of being involved in a collision, and improving confidence so that you can become a much better driver.

Young people (aged 16 to 24) are vulnerable to being involved in a collision on the road. Whilst this age group is only a small proportion of the total number of road users, they make up around 24 per cent of those killed and seriously injured on our roads. Drivers and their passengers make up a very significant proportion of this number.

Young drivers are particularly vulnerable to being involved in a crash during the first year after they pass their driving test due to their age and inexperience. This also creates a risk to the passengers travelling in their car.

The advanced driver training develops observation and driver skills to make a better, safer and more confident driver that is less likely to be involved in a crash.

In 2013 eight drivers (17 to 24 years-old) were seriously injured and 124 received slight injuries. In 2014 one driver was killed, 10 seriously injured and 126 with slight injuries. The passengers in the cars were also injured.

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