Young motorists are eligible for a discount on their car insurance if they attend a free police driving awareness session run by the TTC Group in the Avon and Somerset area.
Insurance Choice, part of Markerstudy Group’s Retail division is able to offer significant discounts to young drivers who attend a session because of the success of the course, which is run on behalf of police by UK road safety education leaders, the TTC Group.
More than 1,000 people of all ages have signed up so far for the free Road Smart interactive sessions initiated by Avon and Somerset Police to help reduce road casualties in their region.
The police introduced the scheme after 452 people were killed or seriously injured on Avon and Somerset roads in just one year.
“A third of these were young people. If the course saves just one life, then it will be worthwhile,” said Chief Supt Ian Smith.
Young driver Jack Stonham (19) was the lucky winner of an iPad after attending a session and providing his feedback on it, which automatically entered him into a prize draw.
“I think the course will make a massive difference to my driving as I now have a much better understanding of what the impacts can be if you take driving for granted and either drive dangerously or recklessly.
“I learned a lot in the session and would really recommend it to others who are getting into driving, particularly if they have been driving for a year or so. The course was delivered in a very casual, easy to follow format and I think everyone in the room went away with something new that they could benefit from,” said Jack, a student.
Alan Prosser, a director of the TTC Group, which runs road safety courses on behalf of police and councils across the UK, said they were working to reduce road deaths and injuries nationwide.
He welcomed the insurance discount for young drivers who attended the course. He said: "Young drivers are keen to attend the Road Smart course which focuses on the main causes of collisions for younger, inexperienced drivers.”
Samantha Edge, Insurer Development Manager for Markerstudy Retail said: “The Road Smart young driver initiative is an excellent programme and we are keen to help however we can.
“We’re supporting the initiative by offering up to £500 discount on young driver insurance to all those aged 17 to 24 who complete the course. We pride ourselves on being experts in insuring young drivers and the safety of our customers is of upmost importance to us.”
There are two Road Smart courses available, one for 17-24 year olds and one for drivers aged 25 and over. The session is two hours long and is held in venues across the force area. For more information visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/roadsmart and to book a place go to www.roadsmart.org