Young drivers given IAM training opportunity by former racing champion

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Former British Touring Car Champion John Cleland will be running an open day on 27 January 2013 to re-launch the Young Driver Support Programme.

Former British Touring Car Champion John Cleland will be running an open day on 27 January 2013 to re-launch the Young Driver Support Programme. The event will offer young drivers the opportunity1 to take part in an observed drive with a qualified IAM observer. This will culminate in an assessment of the drive not only by the IAM observer, but also via black box technology, giving participants an image of how good their driving ability truly is.

The open day will be held at the sponsor’s own Volvo Dealership in Galashiels.

The IAM and John Cleland are offering prizes to the two best drivers of the day. Each winner will receive a voucher for a one day skid pan driving experience at Knockhill racing circuit in Fife.
Over the past year, Cleland has sponsored a total of 30 young drivers to complete their Advanced Driving course with the IAM Borders group as part of the Young Driver Support Programme.
Cleland has been using his own funds to reimburse drivers under the age of 26 who have undergone the IAM Skill for Life programme and passed their test. Following the re-launch of the scheme later this month, he is hoping for even more passes in 2013.

John Cleland said: “The Borders area is mostly made up of A and B roads – with country road driving being amongst the most difficult, the youngsters learning to drive here are faced with an intimidating task. The purpose of the Young Driver Support Programme is to make these new drivers safer and more aware of their surroundings – and ultimately to save lives.
“I know that I made some mistakes with my driving when I was young, and that if I had been offered the chance of further training back then, I would have taken it.
“If we have the opportunity to cut road deaths, cut government costs due to road accidents and make youngsters safer and more confident drivers for just £139-a-head, to me it’s a no-brainer.”

Notes to editors:
1.    All participants of observed drives will need to provide their driving license for approval. Without a valid driving license participants will not be able to drive any of the vehicles at the event.
2.    The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving, motorcycling and cycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

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Caroline Rheubottom
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