Wayne Rooney passed an advanced driver training course today in his Ford Sportka, demonstrating that skill, control, and precision are as important on the road as they are on the pitch.
Rooney may be a football whiz kid but his acceleration onto the roads has been a steadier ride. He sensibly opted for Ford's cool hatch back, the zesty 1.6 litre Sportka when he passed his test in August. Today he and his fiancée Colleen both took a wise step for new drivers and undertook the advanced drivers course with the help of Ford and the AA Driving School.
"This course is a really good idea, when I passed my test I just wanted to get out onto the roads and enjoy it. This teaches you that there is still a lot to learn and prepares you for it".
The advanced driver course is designed to make new drivers, better drivers. It covers six key areas of driving, not dealt with in detail when learning to drive:
- Town and city driving
- All weather driving
- Out of town driving
- Driving at night
- Motorway driving
Ford currently offers this course to new, young drivers who take advantage of free insurance offers on selected new Ford cars. The aim of the programme is to promote safer driving and provide lasting benefits for drivers. Sportka brand manager Usha Raghavachari commented: "We are delighted Wayne is setting such a good example in his approach to taking to the roads. Wayne picked a fun car and is now taking an intelligent approach to driving it".
First-time Ford customers who recently passed their driving test or who do not currently possess any no-claims discount will be invited to attend a course local to them. For these customer groups, costs are met by Ford Motor Company as a condition of their one year's free insurance policy. By completing the course they not only become road-savvy but also enjoy lower insurance premiums in the future.Published 24 December 2003