They may be too young to drive but teenagers in Bristol are learning about the dangers of driving from the TTC Group before they get their licence.
Pupils from The Orchard School in Horfield, Bristol, are attending a special police backed course on Thursday (March 9) targeting new motorists run by the road safety education organisation as part of an overall training programme in motor vehicle studies.
The specialist road safety group were called in by The Wheels Project in Bristol which runs programmes to help disadvantaged youngsters.
The Road Smart course, produced by the TTC Group on behalf of Avon and Somerset Police, has been successfully rolled out to hundreds of young people in Avon and Somerset since 2014.
The course has been short-listed for a prestigious FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Award in three categories, Education and Training Initiative, New Scheme and Partnership Initiative.
It is part of a police campaign to raise awareness about potential hazards to reduce road deaths and casualties in the region.
TTC Group Director Alan Prosser said they were pleased to have been called in by The Wheels Group because of the course’s successful reputation in Avon and Somerset.
“It’s all about reducing their risks when they start driving, make them better drivers, and more aware of all the potential dangers.
“The courses have been well received and focus on the most common causes of collisions for younger, inexperienced drivers. They support our aim to reduce road deaths and injuries across the UK with our wide variety of education courses for motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.”
Newly qualified drivers are at their most vulnerable in their first year of driving due to their inexperience and peer pressure with a third of all serious crashes involving 17-24 year old drivers.
David Glossop, Manager of the Wheels Project, said: ‘’Wheels’ chooses Road Smart courses because of the TTC Group trainers’ proven ability to get the road safety message over effectively to our targeted young people.
“If you lose your driving licence it can seriously affect job prospects.
“This course was recommended to us by our Chair of trustees, Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Crew.”
Mr Dorian Coxon, Deputy Head, Orchard School, said: ‘’Our students are loving Wheels and getting loads from it. We’ve seen their attendances, behaviours and participation improve at school since they started at Wheels in November.‘’
For more information about Road Smart visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/roadsmart
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