Youngsters can get driving skills before having lessonsBy Laura Herbert
February 15, 2013
Teenagers preparing to learn how to drive can get a head start at a training event next week.
Although mainly for 16 and 17-year-olds, anyone aged between 15 and 19 years can attend the Drive Start pre-driver training event at Woodley Airfield Youth Centre.
The Wokingham Borough Council organised initiative has been running for seven years and gives advice to young people on motoring topics including post-accident first aid, advice buying a second-hand car, legal requirements and hazards facing new drivers.
There will also be a chance for teenagers to get behind the wheel during a taster driving lesson.
Julie Pillai, the council's road safety officer, said: “Anyone thinking about applying for a provisional licence in the next year or so will find this an invaluable experience, not only to get a taster behind the wheel, but also to learn how to keep themselves and other road users safe on the road.”
The session from 9.15am to 4pm on Wednesday, February 20, will be run by Berkshire Youth (formerly Berkshire Association of Clubs for Young People), with presentations from Thames Valley Police and the road safety team.
The workshop is free although places must be booked and a £10 refundable deposit is required.
To book a place call (0118) 974 6387 or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/drivestart to download an application form.