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IAM encourages under-17 safety

May 20, 2016
Driving charities the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Under 17 Car Club (U17CC) have combined efforts, which will provide young drivers a unique pathway to safe and enjoyable driving even before they are old enough to pass their test.

The partnership, which was launched in March, will make the Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust an IAM approved training organisation.  The U17CC celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. It is dedicated to ensuring young people get the best grounding in driving skills before they reach their 17th birthday.  

U17CC members meet most Sundays at a variety of locations around the UK including: Bovington Camp, Dorset; Castle Combe circuit; Caerwent in Monmouthshire; Devon Drivers' Centre in Clyst-St-Mary; Long Marston Airfield, Warwickshire; Moreton-in-March, Worcestershire; and Throckmorton Airfield, Warwickshire, where they learn to drive in a safe off-road environment from the age of 11. 
 
Paul Silverwood, President of the Under 17 Car Club, said, “This is a remarkable opportunity for the leading young driver charity to work alongside the leading charity for experienced advanced motorists. We will offer the IAM the very best of a younger generation of enthusiastic advanced drivers.” 
 
Young people not only have the opportunity to drive cars but a number of commercial vehicles too, which as well as improving safety could encourage more school leavers to take up driving as a career. 

Shaun Cronin, IAM Regional Quality Manager said, “For a young person getting behind the wheel years before they can legally take to the road is a one-off opportunity. But this is about having fun too – our members get the opportunity to spend their Sundays driving a wide variety of cars, lorries and buses – and even learning advanced skills on a race track. The bottom line is this: working together with the IAM, the Under 17 Car Club can prevent a lot of crashes and, hopefully, we can save young lives.” 
 
The IAM has long campaigned for greater resources to be put into initiatives targeting younger drivers, who are the most at-risk group on our roads.  Road accidents remain the biggest killer of young people in the UK. In 2013 there were 191 people under 24 killed and 20,003 injured while driving cars and motorbikes. 
 
For more information about the Under 17 Car Club and its Pathfinder project visit www.under17-carclub.co.uk and www.under17driver.co.uk 

Photo: IAM teams up with U17CC.

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