A third date has been added to Nottinghamshire County Council’s popular pre-driver training sessions for young, would-be motorists, which are taking place during the February half-term.
Nottingham Forest’s City Ground will cater for students more centrally-based and joins the Elizabethan Academy in Retford as one of two venues for the February sessions.
The one-day City Ground sessions will be taking place on Friday, 20th February, with the Retford sessions taking place on Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th.
All three days run from 9am until 4pm, are open to all 15-17 year-olds and cost £45. Pupils do not need a provisional driving licence as the training takes place away from the public highway
The county council has been holding the sessions for several years as part of an ongoing programme of education for young people in a bid to cut road traffic casualties in the county – and they are proving to be sell-out events.
“These courses give young people their first experience behind the wheel of a car in a safe, controlled, environment with fully qualified driving instructors,” said Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of the transport and highways committee.
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According to research from the Department for Transport, youngsters form their driving attitudes long before they actually get behind the wheel of a car.
By the age of 17, when they can legally drive, they have very often picked up bad habits from watching their parents or other people with whom they regularly travel as passengers.
As well as two hours in-car training, the pre-driver training days also include advice on how to choose a good driving instructor and workshops on the responsibilities that come with being a driver, including the effects – and repercussions – of drink or drugs on a person’s driving abilities.
There will also be practical demonstrations of safe stopping distances and cornering techniques.