YOUNG drivers are invited to take part in a safer driving course
at Ramsbottom Fire Station where free lessons are up for
Following the success of the first-ever Safe Young Drivers (SYD)
scheme last year, firefighters at the station are organising a
second course which starts next month.
The SYD course is aimed at people aged 16 to 25 who are learning
to drive or have just passed their driving test and it's free of
Sessions will incorporate quizzes, discussions and practical
exercises run by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
in partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP), North West
Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Red Driving School.
Sessions will take place in the engine house of the station
where youngsters will be able to have a look round all the
emergency service vehicles and a selection of vintage sports
But as well as having fun, the young people will see some
devastating images and footage of the serious consequences of
dangerous driving and learn some important lessons.
The course is also being supported by the RAC, Institute of
Advanced Motorists, Wilmslow Stratton Ferrari, Tottington Citroen
Group, Bury Ford Group, Porsche Ramsbottom Group, Rochdale Vintage
Group, and Driving Simulator from Bury Council.
Youngsters taking part will be entered into a free prize draw to
win free driving lessons or advanced driving lessons thanks to Red
The course has been organised by Firefighter Paul Simpson and
crew members at Ramsbottom who wanted to teach local young people
how to be safe drivers.
Paul said: "Too many young people have been killed or injured on
our roads and this is often due to the driver being distracted -
listening to loud music, showing off to their friends, texting or
using their mobile phones, drinking or using drugs while
"Working with our partner agencies, we hope that the course will
influence young people to have a safe attitude towards driving and
make the right decisions before they get behind the wheel."
The course takes place over four consecutive Tuesdays, from 7pm
to 9pm, starting on March 5.
Places are limited and anyone interested in taking part should
contact Paul as soon as possible by emailing [email protected].