FORMULA ONE legend Nigel Mansell is backing a new scheme that offers FREE advanced driving taster sessions for Britain’s motorists.
In a bid to improve driving standards, the Institute of Advanced Motorists is offering a free taster session to any UK licence holder.
Called Love Driving, the campaign takes the light-hearted approach that bad driving is a turn-off to someone of the opposite sex – not only can bad motoring habits cause an accident and injury at the worst; it can also put a damper on you meeting Mr or Ms Right!
The informal, 60-minute session will be carried out by a qualified assessor from the IAM and will take place in your own car.
There are no special insurance requirements – you only need to hold a valid UK driving licence.
Nigel said: “Everyone can benefit from advice on how to drive better.
“The IAM is offering an amazing free opportunity to give every driver a chance to be a safer, more efficient motorist. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to look out for each other on the roads.
“Unlike Formula 1, driving on our roads is not a competition. Keep the racing for the track, and take a responsible attitude on the roads so you end your journey smiling, not scowling and your trips will become much more enjoyable and safer.”
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, added: “This is also a great opportunity for people to do something they have no doubt been putting off for a long time.
“Everyone gets into a few bad habits in their driving over the months and years, and this is the perfect opportunity to put that right.
“The free taster is an enjoyable low-pressure way of sharpening up those skills, pointing out any areas that need attention, and perhaps pave the way for taking part in one of our other courses.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for drivers, wherever they are in England and Wales, to get a very valuable taster session by an acknowledged expert in the field.”
The taster sessions are part of the IAM’s on-going goal to improve the riding and driving standards of road users and cut the numbers of those killed and seriously injured on our roads.
The IAM also wants motorists to derive more enjoyment from their driving, be less stressed and less prone to road-rage as a result of gaining those extra skills.
The taster sessions, normally worth £39 a person, must be booked by 31 December this year.
To take advantage of the free sessions, which are available in England and Wales, visit www.iam.org.uk/lovedriving
The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The charity has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 90,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving and motorcycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.