A DRIVING scheme has announced a new partnership with Hendy Ford.
The Driving Project, which started in 2012, has got a new sponsor for the year ahead.
Launched by driving instructors Matthew Best and Lee Bonnici, the project offers under 17-year-olds the chance to learn both practical and theory elements of driving.
The pair visit secondary schools in and around Portsmouth to deliver their driver education courses.
Mr Best said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Hendy Ford as they are a well-respected brand.
‘We are looking forward to launching some exciting new projects over the next 12 months, including interactive road safety days for under-17 drivers to build upon the course we already deliver at secondary schools across the south.
‘We believe a lack of driving experience, rather than age, is the reason one in four young drivers crash within a year of passing their test.
‘The Department of Transport statistics show that young drivers account for just five per cent of all the miles driven on our roads, but they are involved in 20 per cent of serious crashes involving death or serious injuries.’
He added: ‘The Driving Project, together with Hendy Ford, are aiming to educate young drivers at Key Stage Four with a gradual learning programme which we hope will lower road casualties in this area and make our roads safer for us all.’
And the marketing director of Hendy Group, Mark Busby, is pleased with the new partnership.
He said: ‘We are very pleased to be involved in such an innovative project educating young drivers in our community.’
The car choice for the pair of driving instructors is the Ford Fiesta because it has a series of safety features.
These include seven airbags, an emergency brake assist as well as an electronic stability control and an emergency assistant that calls 999 if you are in an accident and are unable to call it yourself.