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Young drivers invited to free course in Ramsbottom

YOUNG drivers are invited to take part in a safer driving course at Ramsbottom Fire Station where free lessons are up for grabs. 

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 charge.

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 cars.

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 Driving School.

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 driving.

"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


  • Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs) are the leading cause of death for young adults aged 15 to 24 in the UK, and they account for over a quarter of all deaths in the 15 to19 age group. 
  • Drivers under 25 years of age are seven times more likely to be involved in an accident on the road, especially during their first two years of driving.
Last update: 13/02/2013 10:35:43
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