Young drivers given steer on safety

Over 100 young people in the Scottish Borders now have improved skills to help them become safer drivers.

The number of 17 to 25 year olds from the region to have passed the Scottish Borders Council (SBC) sponsored advanced driver course reached the three-figure mark last month.

The next Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) courses begin in March 2016 with dates also available throughout the year.

The training usually costs £149 but is free in the Borders thanks to council funding, one of the first local authorities in Scotland to offer such sponsorship.

Paul Richardson, SBC’s community safety officer, said: “The aim of the advanced driver course is to reduce the number of serious injuries and deathsinvolving young drivers on the region’s roads.

“Having more than 100 young people with improved driving skills can only help to achieving this goal.

“Former British Touring Car champion John Cleland supports the benefits of the scheme, which also offers potentially cheaper car insurance.

“There are plenty chances to sit the course during 2016, with details on the council’s website.”

Anyone wishing to sign up on the advanced driver course can visit www.iam.org.uk/skillforlife or phone on 0300 303 1137. Further information is also available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/skillforlife.