Young drivers praise innovative free course

The first young drivers to pass the Scottish Borders Council’s sponsored advanced driver course have been queuing up to praise the innovative scheme and encourage their peers to sign up.

Up to 400 drivers aged 17 to 25 years old from the Borders are eligible to take the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) course for free thanks to council funding of £48,000, which aims to cut the number of serious injuries and deaths on our roads.

Among the first young drivers to sit and pass the course – which is supported by former British Touring Car champion John Cleland – was 17-year-old Callum Merritt of Kelso.

Callum said: “I have seen a great improvement in my driving due to the training. I want to join the police, so this is a first step to helping me achieve that.”

The course is being run four more times this year on Tuesdays or Sundays, starting in September. For more information visit and sign up by phoning IAM on 0845 126 8600.