New drivers are being offered a discount on the Pass Plus scheme as part of a campaign to reduce the number of road traffic collisions involving young people in Grampian.
All seven of Aberdeenshire’s Community Safety Groups (CSG) are offering young drivers, up to the age of 25, £100 towards the cost of the Pass Plus driving course.
The Garioch & North Marr CSG and the South Marr CSG are offering £150 off the scheme as part of a pilot project.
Pass Plus is a practical driving course aimed at giving new drivers valuable experience on the road, improving confidence and generally improving the safety of new drivers.
Many of the major insurers will also offer lower insurance costs for drivers with a Pass Plus certificate.
Participants gain experience of six road conditions: rural roads, urban streets, dual carriageways, all weathers, night driving and motorways.
Garioch & North Marr CSG Chair, Councillor Ron McKail, said: “Pass Plus has been shown to greatly improve the safety, awareness and confidence of new drivers.
“I would urge any eligible new drivers to take advantage of the discount being offered and sign up for a Pass Plus course, improving safety on the road for the driver and other motorists.”
New driver Callum McAllen, 18, from Huntly, said: “When I passed my test I thought” That’s it, I can drive!” None of my friends had done Pass Plus, so I wasn’t going to bother.
“My mum told me about the funding and after reading some of the statistics and I decided to give it a go.
“The town module was especially useful, it gave me the confidence to go to new places and not feel worried. I also got £80 off my insurance because I had done Pass Plus.”
Another young driver, Erin Wallace, 18, from Westhill, said: “I drove to Edinburgh using motorways in busy traffic conditions and for a longer period of time than I’d ever driven before Pass Plus was a good experience for me as a new driver and I would recommend it to others.”
South Marr CSG Chair, Geoff Feeney, said: “Getting behind the wheel as a new driver can be a daunting prospect and this course can help improve confidence by adding new skills not gained during driving instruction.
“This is a great way to boost confidence and make sure you are doing everything you can to be a safe and responsible driver.”
To apply for funding support, please email your contact details (including postcode and telephone number), age and date you passed your driving test to email@example.com
You can also visit the website (www.aberdeenshirecommunitysafety.org.uk) and click on the “Pass Plus” icon.