Sunday, 10 June 2012

Handy GUide to Reduce Road Accidents in Gloucestershire



By Ben Aulakh

A handy new guide to help reduce the numbers of accidents involving young people is being handed out free in Gloucestershire.

The Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership has given its support to the “Good Egg Guide for Parents of New Drivers”.

The handbook contains advice for parents on how to find a driving instructor who will maximise the chances of their child passing their test first time, while encouraging safe driving habits from the outset.

The booklet also includes advice on the essential safety and legal factors to consider before a learner driver gets behind the wheel, how to get the most from private practice sessions, and what driving examiners are looking for when they assess a learner driver.

The guide is also sponsored by Sir Arnold Clark, Chairman of one of the country’s biggest Automotive Dealers.

Mr Clark said, “As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather, I understand from my own experience the worry and anxiety felt by every parent of a newly qualified young driver.

“All the evidence shows that inexperienced young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash during this critical period than at any other time in their driving career.”

A recent survey carried out by the producers of the guide found that 78 per cent of parents of new drivers are concerned their child will crash in the first year of driving.

Nearly eight out of ten of the 1,000 parents surveyed fear their son or daughter would be involved in a car crash;

With an average of one in five drivers actually being involved in a crash in their first six months of driving, 135,000 free copies of the guide are also being made available to
concerned parents throughout the UK in a bid to reduce casualties.

Mr Clark added, “I had no hesitation in agreeing to associate the Arnold Clark Group with the new Good Egg Guide for Parents of New Drivers.”

“The expert advice offered in the guide will help parents gain a better understanding of what they can do to make sure that their own young driver stays safer behind the wheel.

There are 900 free copies available in Gloucestershire, available from the Road Safety Partnership at Shire Hall or by emailing  roadsafety@gloucestershire.gov.uk


Photograph from www.richmond.gov.uk

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