New and learner drivers at an Edinburgh school have been given a safety steer from a rookie racing driver.
20-year-old Christie Doran worked with sixth year pupils at George Heriot’s School to explain how her high-level training and knowledge of the importance of car control, can help new road users. Christie is an ambassador for Edinburgh-based Good Egg Drivers, a UK-wide safety initiative which has provided advice and support to thousands of students.
Heriot’s pupil Fiona Brewis said: “The talk definitely changed my outlook on driving. Some of the statistics for young drivers were really alarming, especially those around impaired driving through drink and drugs.
“The workshop was highly interactive which made it really interesting and engaging. We worked in mixed groups – some people had passed their test and some hadn’t – and discussed different hazardous driving situations and other risks we would be facing on the roads.”
Another student, Ross Keohane, said: “One of the most interesting and shocking things I learned was about the effects of drugs on driving, especially cannabis. Everyone knows not to drink and drive but many people weren’t aware of the risks of taking drugs and driving.”
Christie Doran said: “My work with Good Egg Drivers involves regularly going into schools and colleges to speak with 17 and 18-year-olds. They want clear help and advice. That is what the new website delivers and it informs them in a way that young people like myself can relate to.”
The Good Egg Drivers campaign, aimed at 17-year-olds, is running events across the UK. The website offers free advice to young drivers and anxious parents including safety tips and information on the potentially disastrous consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.