Teaching teenagers how to be safe on the roads is what Matthew Best is all about.
The man behind The Driving Project is keen to see safer drivers, as it was revealed earlier this week that Portsmouth drivers are the second worst in the UK for road rage.
I believe that driver attitude is best addressed from an early age and it’s why I founded The Driving Project.Matthew Best
Matthew co-founded The Driving Project, which teaches 14 to 16-year-olds basic driving skills in the hope they will be better drivers when they get their driving licences.
It is important to him to teach future drivers how to tackle road safety before they hit the roads.
He says: ‘As a local driving instructor who spends many hours in the car, I regularly witness road rage in the city.
‘Statistics show that a staggering 95 per cent of road traffic accidents are caused by bad driver attitude.
‘I believe that driver attitude is best addressed from an early age and it’s why I founded The Driving Project.
‘Young people often believe driving skills are all that are needed for them to be safe on the roads.
‘However, developing a mature driver attitude heavily influences their behaviour behind the wheel and respect for other road users.
‘By educating drivers before they hit the road, I believe we can instil a positive attitude from the outset before bad habits creep in.’
The Driving Project was officially launched last year after a successful pilot experiment at Springfield School in Farlington, Portsmouth.
Since then, more secondary schools have got involved and have their pupils taking part in the course. For more information visit the website at drivingproject.co.uk.