Thrills without spills at Young Driver comp

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PAM.JONES

@alliedpress.co.nz

Alexandra roading engineer Martin Alford has won this year’s Central Otago Young Drivers Programme best young driver award, after a two-day programme that promised “thrills without the spills”.

Mr Alford (21) was one of 26 participants aged from 16-26 who took part in the programme, which was held last Wednesday and Saturday at Highlands Motorsport Park.

Ashleigh Anderson (26), who works at House of Travel in Alexandra, secured the title of most improved driver.

Programme convener Andy Bartlett said it was great how much the young drivers learned over the two days.

Jeff Fleury, of the NZ Transport Agency, said the programme gave young drivers the chance to learn from skilled instructors in a safe setting.

“Too many people are dying and being seriously injured on our roads. This programme is helping our young people gain confidence when driving, and to be more aware of their surroundings.

“The ‘skills not thrills’ message really hits home over the two days’ training. Seeing the drivers from where they were just a few days ago is amazing.”

Central Otago businesses and organisations nominated a young employee to attend.

There were lessons on skills such as skid control, winter driving and changing tyres.