Early start to road safety for teens

Craig Ramshaw from Teendrive. Picture by Frank Reid
Craig Ramshaw from Teendrive. Picture by Frank Reid

Lessons in driving and road safety are now being offered to under-17s in Peterlee

Young drivers can get behind the wheel of a dual-controlled car as they start to learn the basics which will help prepare them for lessons on the highway when they turn 17.

Craig Ramshaw, Teendrive’s Director, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for us, and thanks to East Durham College’s support Teendrive is delighted to now be able to offer young people in Peterlee and the surrounding area the chance to start learning to drive.

“Our aim is through these road safety lessons we will help to reduce road accidents among young drivers.”

East Durham College Principal Suzanne Duncan added: “We are thrilled to be working with Teendrive to help our students and other young people in the local area have the chance to access these valuable lessons.

“We know that young drivers are at a much higher risk of accidents than more experienced drivers, so lessons like these can really help prepare them for when they turn 17 and can start driving on the roads.”

According to a Department for Transport report, drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders but are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver.

Teendrive was featured on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, back in 2012, where it received excellent feedback.

Deborah Meaden said: “You are making a real difference to road safety,” and Peter Jones added: “Carry on what you are doing as it is very worthwhile.”

For more information contact Craig Ramshaw at Teendrive on 07983 433562 or email teendrive@hotmail.co.uk