Driving school's safety work rewarded

Driving school's safety work rewarded

Driving school's safety work rewarded

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A COLCHESTER-based driving school has scooped a prestigious award for its innovative approach to teaching.

Streetlife Driving School was crowned the Best Driving Initiative 2014 at the Golden L Fresh Awards which marks the achievements on the UK driving industry.

The award winning scheme is Streetlife Young Driver’s Education (SLYDE).

The course, held at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, is aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds and combines a 45 minute driving lesson and 30 minute driving awareness programme.

To date, about 3,000 young drivers have taken part.

Karl Rushen, who jointly runs the scheme with partner Gary Lipman, said: “I’m a retained firefighter which means over the years I’ve attended some devastating car accidents.

“Our SLYDE initiative is great fun and it gives teenagers the chance to start building confidence in driving but it’s also the perfect opportunity to start teaching about the dangers and risks too.”

The driving school works with organisations such as Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police.

For more on the scheme, go to slyde.eu or call 01206 581020.

The pair were presented with the award last on Sunday, February 23.

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2:51pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

This is an excellent scheme and good for young drivers to get a feel for driving and seems fine them using the stadium car park, which is private land. However, what they do there is questionable and illlegal for underage drivers, who don't hold a licence, to use United way, as they do on these training days. United Way is an open public highway, at the point where they use it. If an accident occurred, whilst the learners were crossing or using the public highway, I think Streetlife would have a lot of questions to answer!
This is an excellent scheme and good for young drivers to get a feel for driving and seems fine them using the stadium car park, which is private land. However, what they do there is questionable and illlegal for underage drivers, who don't hold a licence, to use United way, as they do on these training days. United Way is an open public highway, at the point where they use it. If an accident occurred, whilst the learners were crossing or using the public highway, I think Streetlife would have a lot of questions to answer! Say It As It Is OK?
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