THREE years after the new-look police and crime plan for Gloucestershire was launched, its first locally-based initiative which was funded to help young drivers is to be expanded nationwide.
The Pathfinder project is run by The Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. The aim is to cut the road casualty rate amongst novice drivers who have a disproportionate risk of death or serious injury in road traffic collisions and is based on more than 40 years’ experience of educating novice drivers.
According to Department for Transport research, taking part in the Pathfinder Project reduces the risk of a young driver being involved in a crash from the national average of one in four to one in 17.
The programme is managed and run by volunteers with many years’ experience with the Under 17 Car Club and works to Roadcraft standards that are adapted for novices. The approach we take minimises the cost while working towards the highest standards of driving.
Is this maybe one of the ways forward for getting Advanced Driving out there - introduce it as a part of initial training and teach new learners that this is the level of driving they should expect