Jan 18 2013 by Perthshire Advertiser, Perthshire Advertiser
The winners of a competition promoting young driver safety are gearing up for potentially life-saving lessons.
Perthshire community radio station Heartland FM was concerned at figures that say that within six months of driving, one in five drivers is involved in a car crash.
The radio station ran a competition during December, inviting Perthshire youngsters aged 11 to 16 to answer a question on its website. The prize was a free interactive driving lesson.
Twenty lucky winners from Perth, Dunkeld, Ballinluig, Bankfoot and Fife collected their driving lesson vouchers from McConechy’s tyre and exhaust garage in Perth.
The teens will soon take a trip to the Goodyear Driving Academy in Glasgow, to learn the key elements of the Highway Code. Then the learner motorists get the chance to put their knowledge to a test in an interactive driving experience.
The road safety programme was established in 2009 following research by the Swedish Government showing a 41 per cent reduction in accident rates among those that had been given early driving training.
Since then, 40,000 UK youngsters have been put through Young Driver programme with their accident rates 45 per cent below the national average.
Heartland FM’s Heather Da Vanzo told The PA: “Unfortunately Heartland FM often reports about delays on the road, caused by accidents, especially down the A9. We are keen to try and make a difference to our listeners.
“The winners will get a chance to safely experience road hazards head-on in a controlled environment.”