Drivewise, which helps improve driving skills in the young as well as the not so young is being overseen by all three blue light services, former British Touring Car champion John Cleland, IAM Roadsmart, Scottish Borders Council and several local businesses, has three distinct schemes.
The under-17s programme is taking 700 pupils from all nine of the region’s secondary schools to Charterhall, a disused airfield. There, they are taught and tested on cars supplied by Volvo. 17-25 scheme, where £149 is paid up front and on successful completion of an intensive IAM advanced driving course with final assessment drive, they get a cheque for £149 and a year’s membership to the IAM. The other side of the programme is a refresher for over-65s, which has sessions coming up near you.
25 May 2016 at 4:53pm
WATCH: Young drivers take the wheel
A scheme is underway in the Scottish Borders to teach young teenagers how to drive, long before they're old enough to take the test. The idea is to build their road awareness skills, and ensure they're fully prepared to take the wheel.
ITV Border's Matthew Taylor has this report.