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2 December 2013, 19:12
Somerset Road Safety is offering free, 90 minute motorway lessons, targeted at newly qualified drivers between the ages of 17 and 24.
‘Up to Speed’ is Somerset Road Safety’s latest innovative project and is aimed at making newly qualified drivers safer on the motorway.
Learners are not allowed to drive on the motorway, meaning that newly qualified drivers often lack the knowledge and experience of motorway driving when they first pass their test.
Drivers must attend a free, hour-long workshop prior to the practical lesson to learn the rules of motorway.
Drivers will then be accompanied by an approved driving instructor for a 90 minute practical driving lesson on the motorway covering joining the motorway, overtaking manoeuvres, lane discipline, approaching a junction and leaving the motorway.
Cabinet Member Harvey Siggs, said:
“Driving on the motorway can be a daunting experience and this is a fantastic opportunity for newly qualified drivers to learn the fundamentals of motorway driving and build confidence with an approved driving instructor by their side..
I would encourage all drivers that qualify for this course to book themselves on to it to increase their knowledge and experience”.
Terry Beale, Manger of Somerset Road Safety, said:
“The current regulations prohibit learner drivers from gaining valuable experience on major high speed roads. Our aim is to give young drivers additional skills to drive on the motorway safely. This course will go some way to giving them the confidence and experience to avoid the dangers of driving on high speed roads.”
To book your place visit: www.somersetroadsafety.org and submit your details through the ‘Up to Speed’ web-page. For more information please call 01823 423430.