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Teens can get in the driver’s seat with pre-driver training course this summer

This summer holidays, Via is offering teens as young as 15, their first chance to drive a car for only £78.

Freedom, independence, and a sense of ownership are only some of the perks of entering the world of open-road motoring, although all of these come with a requirement for responsibility.

Via hopes its driving training will arm future drivers with the skills and knowledge they need to become safe, competent, and responsible road users.

Delivered in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, the daylong session will include a range of workshops delivering information about learning to drive, drink driving dangers , and road safety.

It also provides an opportunity for young people to get behind the wheel and drive a range of different cars, including electric vehicles.

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You can watch a video about the course at: https://youtu.be/E7ZBOIUhk9c

The course will be carried out in a safe and controlled environment with fully qualified advanced driving instructors. Participants do not need a driving licence or any previous experience to participate in the course, and all abilities are welcome.

This is a great opportunity to experience driving and develop invaluable skills before starting lessons on the road.

Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council said:

“Whilst we encourage cleaner, greener travel through the use of walking, cycling and public transport, we are aware that lots of young people across Nottinghamshire will make the decision to learn to drive at the earliest opportunity, and because of this, it’s important we equip them with the right skills and tools to drive safely and responsibly.

“This course gives young people their first experience behind the wheel of a car in a safe, controlled, environment with fully qualified driving instructors.

“The day also introduces them to the responsibilities that come with being a competent road user, learning how to control a car safely and calmly.

“Research shows that young people form and crystallise their driving attitudes well before they take to the road themselves, so it’s important that they receive the right message from the right people”

Kendrick Hourd, Head of Safer Highways at Via East Midlands, added: “Young people love the practical driving experience, but the other half of the course is fully interactive too, with equipment to test reaction times and show the effects of distraction and double vision.

“There’s also practical advice on the questions to ask when choosing a driving instructor, the realistic cost of learning to drive, and a demonstration of stopping distances. It really is the full package.”

The events will run on 16 and 22 August at Minister School, Southwell, NG25 0LG.

Bookings can be made on the Via website using the link provided here: https://www.viaem.co.uk/services/road-safety/pre-driver-training-courses/

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