14 Families Bury A Son Or Daughter Every Week

Each day in Britain two young people aged 17 to 25-years-old are killed on our roads. This means the Police have to break the devastating news to 14 families every week. DIAmond Advanced Motorists believes the statistic is so high because young motorists aren’t fully equipped with the skills and attitudes needed to drive on today’s roads. The current L-test allows candidates to make up to 15 minor driving faults over a route often shorter than six miles, that takes 40 minutes or less.

Young drivers are then catapulted onto our roads with no experience of driving on a motorway, on roads at night or in adverse weather conditions.

One in five drivers is involved in a car crash during their first year of driving. DIAmond Advanced Motorists is encouraging young people to further their driving skills and take their pass plus and advanced motorist test.

The course is designed to further driving skills and attitude and help motorists boost their confidence on the road.

The test allows a maximum of six minor faults in an hour’s driving over a wide variety of road types and conditions.

DIAmond Advanced Motorists General Manager Eddie Barnaville said: "If we had 14 young people wiped out in a mini bus each week the Government would come under attack from all directions.

"This was evident after the canoeist died in Lime Regis.

"Something more needs to be done."

Many young motorists are unaware that by increasing their knowledge of the roads and broadening their road experiences, they could also save considerable money on their insurance.

For a new driver the cost of insurance can be sky high because statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career.

Pass Plus and the DIAmond Advanced Motorists Test are courses designed to give drivers a guiding hand through situations that may not have been covered in the car before the test. They cover modules in town driving as this can be daunting especially in rush hour traffic when having to deal with complicated junctions and traffic systems.

They cover all weather driving in rain, fog bright sunshine, snow and ice and how to drive safely in all the different weather conditions you will face on the road.

There are tips on driving out of town and how to best deal with hazards such as sharp bends, potholes and farm vehicles and animals in the road.

There are also tips on night driving, driving on dual carriageways and how to drive safely on motorways.

On successful completion of the test you will usually qualify for a substantial discount on your motor insurance policy.

Just passing the driving test is not enough experience to tackle the dangerous roads today, ensure your daughter, son, family member or friend doesn’t become another statistic and encourage them to have further driver education.

25 January 2006 Staff

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