Chance for would-be drivers in Worksop and Retford to get behind the wheel

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Would-be drivers as young as 15 are again being given the chance to get behind the wheel of a car – legally – in a scheme being run by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The County Council has been holding the pre-driver training events, for pupils between the ages of 15 and 17, for several years now during school holidays and they are proving to be very popular.

The latest one-day session is being held during the Easter school break at the Elizabethan Academy in Retford on Wednesday, April 6. It comes after sell-out session held over the February half-term holidays.

The Easter session runs from 9am until 4pm, is open to all 15-17 year-olds who live or are educated in Nottinghamshire and costs £45. Pupils don’t need a provisional driving licence as the training takes place away from the public highway. Spaces are limited so booking is essential. Bookings can be made by phoning 0300 500 8080.

“This course gives young people their first experience behind the wheel of a car in a safe, controlled, environment with fully qualified driving instructors,” said Councillor Kevin Greaves, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee.

“Research shows that young people form and crystallise their driving attitudes well before they actually take to the road themselves, so it’s important that they receive the right message from the right people.”

As well as two hours in-car training, the pre-driver training days also include advice on how to choose a good driving instructor and workshops on the responsibilities that come with being a driver, including the effects – and repercussions – of drink or drugs on a person’s driving abilities.

There will also be practical demonstrations of safe stopping distances and cornering techniques.