Fast Track to Road Safety
By Mary Rees.
Swansea Evening Post Business Plus
Experienced motorists know acquiring a driving license
is just the start of a lifetime's lesson in car safety skills -
but getting that message over to 17 year olds brimming with confidence
is another matter.
1st Lotus Driving School is a new business venture
which uses the prospect of six hours tuition in a £25,000
Lotus Elise open top sports car to equip new drivers with such skills.
It has been set up by racing driver and driving
instructor Andrew Walsh of Clos Brynafon, Gorseinon, who has a personal
interest in road safety.
His 26 year old cousin James Dupplaw, from Killay,
died early this year when his Porsche 968 veered off the road and
hit a cottage in Buckinghamshire, and Andrew said. "He was
not able to control a high performance car and we want to stop that
happening to anyone else.
Every 17 year old thinks they are a brilliant driver
but this course not only gives them practical skills but also cuts
their insurance costs.
It costs £130 and covers driving in town,
in all weathers, at night, on dual carriageways and motorways and
can be taken up to a year after passing the basic driving test.
When the instructor is satisfied with your performance
you get a certificate from the Driving Standards Agency and motor
insurers who support the scheme will give a one-year no claims bonus
on your insurance. The idea of doing a Pass Plus is to try to improve
your odds of staying alive, since new drivers make up just ten per
cent of license holders but are involved in 29 per cent of accidents."
Andrew says many parents are giving the course as
a Christmas present and those who passed their test more years than
they care to remember can also take up the option.
"In their case they must be examined by a police
officer in a 90 minute test before they can get the certificate,
but they also enjoy savings on insurance cover."