A free course allowing young drivers across Central Bedfordshire to improve their driving skills and knowledge has celebrated its third anniversary, with more than 1,000 taking part.
The courses are so popular they will be running again next month, allowing 16 to 30 year olds from across the region to improve their driving knowledge and skills as part of an initiative designed to reduce road casualties.
Places are now open for the MORE 16 and MORE Drive courses at Millbrook Proving Ground on Sunday, November 16. The courses are free and places are available on a first-come, first-served basis on receipt of a completed application form, which can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The courses are funded by Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council, with delivery organised by highways contractor Amey.
MORE 16 gives 16 year olds their first experience of driving, as well as attending theory workshops to keep them safe when they start learning to drive. It also sees their parents given advice about choosing a driving instructor and how to help their teens when practising. All parents that attend can experience a high-speed passenger ride with a Millbrook pro-driver with competition history in motorsport such as rallying or racing.
MORE Drive is available for 17 to 30-year-olds who have already passed their driving test, and offers the chance to drive on a skid pan and experience ABS braking systems, as well as practising emergency stops at speed to demonstrate varying stopping distances.
Workshops covering driving skills, maintenance, distractions, first aid and safety will be run by the local authorities, Bedfordshire Police and Three Shires Driving School.
Drivers from other areas are also able to attend either MORE course for a fee of £60.
Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “The MORE 16 and MORE Drive courses are really popular and we have had great feedback from them. We’re committed to reducing accidents where young people are killed or seriously injured and the continued success of these courses proves that the education focus is working well.”
Councillor Dave Taylor, Executive Member with responsibility for Road Safety at Luton Borough Council said: “The courses are a great way for our young people to learn new skills and improve their driving ability. We are also delighted with the response after extending MORE Drive to drivers aged up to 30 earlier this year to further increase their road safety awareness.”
Sara Cannon, who attended the MORE 16 parents’ workshop, said: “Many thanks for providing a well-run and thought-provoking course. Courses like this don’t just happen and there will have been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to give all the participants (young and not so young) a really useful and memorable event.”