Road safety

Richmond students boost their driving and road safety skills

FIVE sixth alumni have improved their driving skills with support from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC).

Richmond Sixth Form College students received individual road modules in their own car, lasting approximately 75 minutes, taught by Nick Saddington, a tutor from the Institute of Advanced Motoring.

The majority of the time was spent on the road, where the instructor observed their driving, offering tips and tricks to help them improve their skills and build their confidence.

The initiative was organized by teacher Ian Dawson, who is the young driver advocate for the local branch of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Mr Dawson said: “Road safety is a key priority at college with our young drivers and it is really important for them to gain as much experience as possible on different types of roads and conditions.

“Students were able to choose the driving experience they thought would benefit them the most, such as highway driving or driving on back roads.

“Nick did a fabulous job and all the students said they found the sessions extremely valuable.

“We are very grateful for the fantastic support that the IAM continues to offer our students and for the funding provided by North Yorkshire Police to help improve road safety awareness for our students who have recently passed their driving test. .”

Caitlin Braidley said: “I have found highway driving training to be really beneficial in improving my confidence when driving on the highway.

“Nick the instructor was very helpful answering all my questions about driving and the highway and supporting me throughout the training. I now have the knowledge and confidence to drive on the highway on my own using Nick’s suggested tips and techniques.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn how to be a more confident and safer driver.”

Archie Dolan added: “It was a great opportunity which provided insight into some of the advanced driving techniques not covered by the standard driving test.”

Courses covered by the IAM RoadSmart program include: city driving, managing distractions, driving on the highway, managing speed, driving on country roads, passing and parking and maneuvering. Further information is available at

Funding for this initiative is the result of the college’s successful submission to the OPFCC for a share of the money that had been raised through the sale of the AJ1 license plate. This was the first registration number issued in the North Riding of Yorkshire when vehicle registration plates were introduced in 1903.

Zoë Metcalfe, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Police, said: “Making our roads safer for everyone who uses them is one of my priorities, so I’m really delighted to hear how young people benefit from this community program project.

“Drivers under the age of 25 are among the most at risk on our roads, so it’s encouraging that programs like this are helping them to be safer behind the wheel themselves, which also makes us all safer. security.

“Our new Safer Roads strategy across North Yorkshire and York aims to further encourage this partnership and I hope more young people will benefit from similar schemes in the future.”

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