Getting engaged helps young drivers!

Local driving instructors have teamed up with Merseyside Road Safety Officers, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions.

‘Engage’ is a collaborative road safety project, which seeks to improve the driving skills of young, inexperienced drivers and reduce the likelihood of them being involved in a collision.

One year after the scheme was launched, those involved are now looking to build upon the work that has already been done and encourage even more instructors to drive the scheme forward into the future.

Statistics show that drivers aged between 17 and 20 are 10 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than older, more experienced drivers.

Engage prepares novice drivers for the important period after they have passed their driving test and are vulnerable as new drivers.

If you are learning to drive, choosing an Engage Instructor will help you to better understand what it takes to be a good driver and how to cope in situations when you are out on the road on your own.

Sergeant Paul Mountford from Merseyside Police says: “Engage is different to ‘normal’ driving lessons that people are familiar with. We have a number of driving instructors across Merseyside who have been trained by a specialist in the field. This has strengthened their skills in coaching students to think for themselves – which is especially important when they pass their test and are out on the road independently for the first time. This is supported by in-car discussions and e-learning modules.  We also encourage parent participation.”

Local driving instructors are invited to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC) Cambridge Road, Waterloo L22 1RR on Monday 23 September to find out about how they can get involved.

Sgt. Mountford added: “Those ADIs who come along will get to meet the whole Engage team.”

“We are holding a drop in session between 9.30am-11am for all driving instructors who want to find out about the Engage scheme.  Refresher training will then run for existing Engage ADIs between 11am-12.30pm.”

“The day will be free of charge and both training events contribute towards CPD”.

“We would like to thank all existing Engage driving instructors for their considerable hard work and support during the last 12 months.  They really have made the Engage Scheme a success”‘