Teenagers encouraged to take up driving early

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TEENAGERS are being encouraged to take up driving lessons before they turn 17 so they can gain experience before taking to the roads.

The call is being made by company InsureLearnerDriver after figures found drivers aged between 17 and 24 are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers.

According to road safety charity Brake, almost 25 per cent of drivers that age have an accident within the first few years of passing their driving test.

Paul Daly, from InsureLearnerDriver, said: ‘One of the biggest car insurance risks in the UK are those aged 17 to 25. Schemes where a young person can learn to drive before turning 17 allows people to experience what it’s like to have those first few driving lessons. This means they can go into future lessons well-informed and learn to drive with confidence.’

Drive B4 U Turn 17 offers lessons at Thorney Island, near Emsworth.

The next session at Thorney Island will take place on December 6. For more go to driveb4uturn17.co.uk.