The Scottish Borders – The drive of your life – Young drivers roadshows

The drive of your life

 The drive of your lifeThe Scottish Borders Road Safety Working Group is organising a series of young driver roadshows. This is part of an ongoing commitment to reducing the number of young drivers and passengers killed and seriously hurt on Borders roads. 

One in five fatal or serious road crashes in the region involves a driver under the age of 25. In almost two thirds of these crashes the young driver is the primary cause of the crash. In a large number of these incidents there is no other vehicle involved and they are usually the result of loss of control by the young driver – usually on a bend, on a rural road.
The roadshows, which are open to 17-25 year-olds, are part of a long term campaign aimed at raising young drivers’ awareness of the risk and responsibilities of driving a vehicle on the road. These young motorists will have the opportunity to develop their driving skills to make them better and safer drivers.

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is offering free demonstration drives. There are competitions and prizes to be won – including fuel vouchers. People can take part in the ‘Show and Shine Competition’ to recognise the best prepared vehicle of the night, and they can talk to experts form Lothian and Borders Police (Road Policing), Scottish Borders Council, Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, IAM and others.

John Cleland of Cleland’s Galashiels is providing the opportunity for young people to take the advanced driving test. He has agreed to refund the first 100 young drivers who successfully sit the course and test.

Inspector John Scott from the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Partnership said: “The young drivers events are a great opportunity for those that have recently passed their test to become safer and more skilled as drivers. This is crucial in the Borders where we have a vast network of rural roads where driving conditions constantly change.

“Every young driver pays high insurance premiums to get behind the wheel. This is because they are at greater risk of being involved in an accident. In partnership with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and John Cleland, our young drivers have the opportunity to learn new skills to drive safely with a greater awareness of dangers on the roads and build confidence in their driving ability. This course will be funded through sponsorship if you successfully pass, and this can significantly reduce car insurance costs.

 “Many young drivers learn the hard way by being involved in a car crash and too many parents in the Borders see the consequences, which can last a lifetime. I would welcome all young drivers to the events and see what is on offer.”

 Dates and venues:

 Friday 11 May – Duns (Old High School bus park)

 Friday 18 May – Hawick (Haugh car park)

 Friday 25 May – Galashiels (Netherdale car park)

 All events will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.