Safety offer to young drivers

A local road safety initiative has been launched in a bid to reduce the number of crashes involving young and inexperienced drivers.

The Borders Group of Advanced Motorists (BGAM) has received backing from Volvo and Jaguar dealer Clelands of Galashiels to enable young drivers to improve their skills.

Experts say that motorists under 26 are involved in a disproportionately large number of collisions, with the youngest drivers at greatest risk.

The most dangerous time is the first year after passing their driving test and young men are twice as likely to be involved in collisions as young women.

The support from Clelands will enable initially 10 young drivers to team up with Borders Group of Advanced Motorists’ volunteer assessors, who will coach them towards their advanced driving test.

The initiative is open to any driver under 26 who is normally resident in the Borders, who has held a full UK driving licence for at least three months and has no driving-related court proceedings pending.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The young drivers must pay for the Institute of Advanced Motorists Skills for Life package at £139, which will be refunded on passing the Advanced Driving Test.

Anybody who is interested should contact Bill Allison (BGAM Secretary on 01750 22550).