Grants to improve driving skills

YOUNG drivers are being offered grants to pay for additional training in a bid to reduce the number of youngsters being killed or injured on Somerset roads.

YOUNG drivers are being offered grants to pay for additional training in a bid to reduce the number of youngsters being killed or injured on Somerset roads.

The county's road safety partnership will give them a £60 grant towards the average £130 cost of taking the Pass Plus course. The course involves a minimum of six hours on-the-road tuition with a qualified driving instructor, to gain experience of aspects of driving not covered in the required driving test.

A third of all car crashes in the county involve drivers aged 17-24 and newly qualified drivers are more likely to have a collision in the first year after passing their test.

More than 300 young drivers in Somerset have already taken up the grant but money is still available. Anyone wanting to apply can call 01823 423430.


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