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Road safety for drivers

Training is a good way of increasing your confidence – and in the long run, the enjoyment and safety of your journey.

Pre-driver training

We work in partnership with North Avon Driving Instructors Association (NADIA) to provide pre-driver training. The course is offered to people before they are able to hold a licence and consists of theory sessions and ‘on-road’ training on a private road system.

For the latest dates and how to book visit: www.bristol-under17driving.co.uk You can download the driving course application form and information on the theory and practical sessions.

Contact NADIA on 01454 260011 for further information. Messages can be left on answerphone.

Young driver training

To address concerns over the number of young drivers, 17 to 24, involved in collisions, we work in partnership with the Bristol Group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).  We fund a scheme whereby those young drivers taking the skills for life course with the IAM, will receive all of their course fee back if they successfully pass the test drive – www.iam-bristol.org.uk

Advice to keep in mind when driving in winter

  • if your car windows are iced over always ensure that you clear all of the windscreen, side windows including rear passenger windows, rear screen and your exterior driving mirrors. You need to be able to see 360 degrees around your vehicle, if you cannot then you are in potential danger or a danger to others.
  • if frost or ice are forecast, the roads may be dangerous. Cut your speed and leave more room between yourself and the vehicle in front
  • pavements and footpaths may be untreated, so watch out for pedestrians
  • cycle paths may be untreated, so watch out for cyclists
  • always carry a shovel, a snow mat and a torch at night
  • if snow is forecast or has fallen, do not use your car unless you have to. If you are commuting to work, use the train or bus where possible
  • if you do have to go by car, please consider sharing. If there are fewer cars on the roads, it will be easier for everyone to park (some car parks may be out of action during bad weather) and the council’s task in clearing the roads will be much easier too
  • if it is snowing, please try not to park on major routes. This is to help snow ploughs get through.
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