County Council encourages teens to get into gear

Published on: Thursday, 28th February 2019

Would-be drivers are being encouraged to sign up to Derbyshire County Council’s pre-driver training days before they take to the county’s roads.

Young people, aged 15 to 17, are being offered the opportunity to participate in a day-long classroom and practical ‘First Gear’ training session to prepare them for when they get behind the wheel.

The classroom session, run by a council road safety officer, gives guidance on:
 the importance of choosing the right driving instructor

  • the cost of learning to drive
  • maintaining a vehicle
  • The Highway Code.

These morning sessions are followed up with a two hour, off-road practical lesson with an approved driving instructor.

This covers:

  • moving off safely and correctly
  • steering an accurate course
  • changing up and down gears
  • braking safely and coming to a stop.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Road safety remains a top priority for us and we are committed to investing in initiatives to help keep young people safe.  We’ve been running First Gear sessions for several years now and they are proving increasingly popular.  We have a waiting list from last year so I’d encourage people to sign up in plenty of time so as not to disappoint.”

The nearest of a range of sessions across the county, which will run between 9am and 3.30pm, are on:
•           Sunday 19 May – Joint Training Centre, Derbyshire Constabulary Headquarters, Butterley Hall, Ripley
•           Friday 26 July – The Long Eaton School, Thoresby Road, Long Eaton
•           Saturday 14 September – Joint Training Centre, Derbyshire Constabulary Headquarters, Butterley Hall, Ripley

The course costs £39. To book a place email:first.gear(at) (changing the (at) for @ before sending your message) or call the council’s road safety team on 01629 538060.

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