Young drivers invited to test skills in Midlands competition

The deadline for entries into the 2008 Coventry and Warwickshire Young Driver of the Year Competition is fast approaching, with motoring enthusiasts in the region urged to stake their claim for the title.

To be sponsored yet again by the French car manufacturer Peugeot, the competition will see 17 to 21-year-olds compete to be named the best young driver in the region.

As well as being assessed on their driving skills, the youngsters will also be judged on their willingness to take advice on board and their desire to improve as an all-round motorist.

Cllr Kevin Foster, from Coventry City Council, who himself was a young member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, commented: "This is an excellent example of a major company working with local groups to improve road safety.

"This will help get young drivers focused on road safety and hopefully encourage more to look at going on to improve their driving skills by becoming advanced motorists themselves."

Last year’s competition saw 21-year-old Warwickshire lad Sean Oliver drive off in a brand new Peugeot, and now 17 to 21-year-olds are being given the chance the win a 107 of their own.

The initiative comes as Warwickshire County and Coventry City Council both work to improve the safety levels of young drivers on the region’s roads, with around one in four of driving fatalities in the UK aged between 17 and 21.

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