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Under 17 Drivers learn Safe Driving Skills

Updated: Aug 25

Report from Eileen and David....



On August 20th, a group of six visited Tockwith Karting to see one of the Under 17 Car Club’s Pathfinder courses. The idea had arisen when the Youth Services Team had learned that there was a course running and wished to see if and how we might be able to lend support. We knew about the Pathfinder Initiative; David McAulay and Vic Brookes are tutors and local leader Ian Goring had spoken at a Friday meeting, but the chance to witness the course in action seemed too good to miss.



Pathfinder is for students aged between 15 to 17 years of age (pre-licence) and the course is accredited and supported by IAM Roadsmart. During the one week intensive course the students achieved the essential driving competence, attitude and understanding to become safe drivers when they eventually attain the age of 17 and commence driving on the roads.



As well as learning driving skills, the students also received presentations on road safety from Safer Roads Humber, regarding speed awareness, road safety issues and risks associated with country roads

They attend with a parent or carer in their own car and, after coaching from Advanced Driving Instructors, practice manoeuvres and situations on the course - entering sections by the black cone and exiting by the yellow one! The level of competence was impressive after only 5 days and we all trusted our young drivers who gave us a ride around and demonstrated their skills. Evidence shows that 1 in 20 young people who have undertaken the course are involved in accidents during their first year on the road, compared to 1 in 5 of all novice drivers.


David McAuley was an instructor on the Pathfinder Course all week


Our Rotarian Visitors with Ian Goring


Thank you too to David McAulay and Ian Goring for hosting us.


The next Pathfinder course at Tockwith will be held between 25-29 October. Anyone wishing to visit during this event, or require further information regarding family and friends attending a Pathfinder course, please contact David McAulay, or Vic Brookes.

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