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Young drivers can get money off Pass Plus course in Aberdeenshire

6th March 2012

Community safety groups in Aberdeenshire are offering young drivers (under 25) £80 towards the cost of the Pass Plus driving course.

Pass Plus costs around £160 and young drivers applying to their local community safety group can get a useful driving qualification for half the cost.

As well as the obvious safety benefits of taking part, a successful pass could also result in lower car insurance costs, as some insurance companies offer discounts for new drivers with a Pass Plus certificate.

The driving course takes people through six hours of specific driving skills and road hazards with the aim of making sure people are more confident behind the wheel – whatever the hazard.

Over six modules people can learn more about driving at night, in different weather conditions, on city and rural roads, dual carriageways and motorways – areas that sometimes cause inexperienced drivers to have accidents.

The community safety groups regularly survey those who undertake the driving course and feedback has shown that many young people would not have taken the Pass Plus course had they not been able to access the extra funding.

Research also highlighted that young drivers felt the course gave them confidence, made them more aware of other road users as well as taking them much further than any initial instruction they had through learning to drive.

Chairman of the community safety groups and road safety advocate Councillor Ron McKail said: “The financial support acts as an incentive to improve the driving standards of under 25s and help them become more confident drivers.

“Research has shown that the funding helps get young people onto the course and also that once they have done it they are glad as it’s made them realise there is a lot more to driving.

“I encourage young drivers to take advantage of our funding scheme as it’s not just about saving money but saving lives too.”

More details about community safety groups in Aberdeenshire can be found at www.aberdeenshirecommunitysafety.org.uk



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