Driven to car success

Brad Robertson, Karen Smith and in the car Maisie Anderton.
Brad Robertson, Karen Smith and in the car Maisie Anderton.
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Students across the Fylde coast are set to benefit from a new scheme to help teenagers aged 14 to 16 learn how to drive.

St Annes based-instructor Karen Smith has launched the new venture at Blackpool Sixth Form College, teaching students the basics of driving through her new driving school Young Driver UK.

Teenagers between of 14 to 16 can learn to drive in safety in the grounds of Blackpool Sixth Form College at weekends and holidays.

Karen said: “I already have a very successful driving school for people above 17, but am really excited by this new venture.

“The Sixth Form College staff have realised the pluses of offering these opportunities to their students and I am grateful to them for the 
opportunity to extend the use of their premises to all.

“The area is a safe, controlled environment and perfect for the acquisition of practical driving skills in a dual-controlled car.”

Research from Sweden has demonstrated that accident rates are reduced by 40 per cent when driving lessons start early and that young drivers are at their most vulnerable within six months of passing their test.

The pre-test experience offered from a much earlier age builds skills, confidence and responsibility.

Maisie Anderton, 15, one of the first learners, said: “I was amazed how much I learned in such a short time.”

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