A course run by Croydon Council has given almost 200 young people their first experience behind the wheel of a car and valuable safety training.
The course, now in its third year, is organised in collaboration with the Driving Instructor’s Association.
Open to prospective drivers aged 15 to 24 years, it also offers advice to parents who want to support their children through their driving test or who might be considering going for the advanced test themselves.
The Transport for London (TfL) funded course allows each young driver to spend a half-day under the close supervision of qualified driving instructors in a dual-control car.
Participants get to understand the basics of car control around an off-road course temporarily laid out in the grounds of St Mary’s School in West Croydon. Importantly, they also get to understand more about some of the common hazards that drivers can face on a daily basis, such as loud music, mobile phones, and the impact that alcohol or drugs can have on a driver.
Young people are also advised on how to look out for signs that people who offer them a lift may be driving under the influence and are encouraged to turn down such offers.
Along with driving practice, attendees also get advice on how to approach the theory and practical parts of their driving tests and tips on how to choose a driving instructor and get the most out of lessons.
Councillor Simon Hoar, cabinet member for community safety and public protection, said: “This is becoming an increasingly popular course. The feedback we get from everyone who takes part is always positive, and I believe that those who complete the day will be far better and safer drivers as a result.”
For more information contact John Bownas on 020 8760 5644.