A group of 17 apprentices from Michelin in Dundee received training of a different kind on Monday 14th May, when they took part in a New Driver Early Intervention Scheme led by Police Scotland that aims to improve road safety amongst recently qualified drivers.
Michelin Training and Development Instructor Craig Reid said, “The safety and wellbeing of our employees is paramount at Michelin and our apprentices will become safer drivers as a result of taking part in this initiative.
“As many apprentices are at the age where they are learning to drive or have recently become new drivers it is important to provide them with information to ensure their safety on the roads.
“I commend the new driver scheme as it is targeting a key group of road users and highlighting the dangers in an engaging way through film and discussion of serious topics that will ultimately save lives.”
Police Scotland is leading the initiative for new drivers to develop driving skills and provide the opportunity to engage in discussion on some key areas to consider in order to reduce the likelihood of being involved in serious or fatal road traffic collisions.
According to statistics young drivers are much more likely to be involved in a collision than older drivers. 17-25 year-olds account for 10% of licence holders, but over 20% of recorded collisions. The New Driver Early Intervention Scheme is one initiative that aims to reduce these figures.
The apprentices received a presentation which focussed on a number of key factors to improve their driving skills and provide an awareness of the dangers of peer pressure, bravado and distraction while driving.
Apprentice Cameron Oldham said, “I enjoyed the session and it was very informative. I have completed the safe drive stay alive at school and this was a more advanced session which was aimed at people who are already driving and it makes you more aware of the hazards on the road when driving.”
PC Euan Stewart, who is co-ordinating the scheme, said, "Police Scotland is committed to reducing casualty numbers and making the roads safer for everyone. The presentation provides information that drivers can use to improve their skills through discussion and case study and raises awareness of how to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a collision."
The new driver scheme is a partnership with the Motor Schools Association of Great Britain, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and local authorities.
Any individual or organisation who would like to know more about the scheme or would like to attend or arrange a presentation can contact email PC Euan Stewart at NewDriverSchemeTayside@scotland.pnn.police.uk