Courses to help Melton teenagers gear up for driving

Pre-driver days are being held again this year by Leicestershire County Council to prepare teenagers for getting behind the wheel for real.

Sixteen and 17 year-olds thinking of learning to drive can sign up to the one-day courses.

Last year 400 young people took part in the courses which cover road safety issues, hazard awareness and the Highway Code and also offer a practical off-road driving session with a qualified instructor.

Peter Osborne, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “These are popular courses that play an important role in preparing and educating young people about safer driving.

“While good progress with casualty reduction has been made, young drivers remain a high-risk category in road crashes.

“These sessions provide teenagers with better understanding and knowledge ahead of their first driving lessons on public roads.”

Courses run on selected days from March to October are held at Mallory Park and cost £35 each.

For more details, including a full list of dates, visit www.tjunction.org.uk/driving/about-pre-driver-days

Please call (0116) 3056515 or e-mail driverdays@leics.org.uk to check availability for specified dates.