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292667_338438502877715_74537614_nThe Southampton Driving Instructor Saving Young Lives One Learner at a Time

The Southampton Driving Instructor Saving Young Lives One Learner at a Time

1732 people were killed and 22137 seriously injured in road traffic accidents in 2015

That is an average of 5 people killed and 61 seriously injured every day.

Young drivers (17-24 years old) are at a much higher risk of crashing than older drivers.

Drivers aged 17-19 only make up 1.5% of UK licence holders, however, they are involved in 9% of fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver.Protect your child

Data on British drivers shows that:
• Drivers aged 16-19 are a third more likely to die in a crash than those aged 40-49.
• One in four 18-24 year olds (23%) crash within two years of passing their driving test.
• Young male drivers are involved in many more crashes than young female drivers.

In spite of better safety measures built into vehicles these days, these figures remain relatively consistent.

Young drivers are the most likely to die and chances are that it could be within two years of them passing their test and those who die are more than likely to be young male drivers between 16 and 24.

Insurance companies have been trying for years to introduce telematics insurance to young drivers in order to monitor them and reduce their risk. This has been met with distain by many young drivers.

The very people who need it most.

One driving instructor is determined to change this attitude

lendrum facebookOne driving instructor is determined to change this attitude one learner driver at a time.

John Lendrum owner of Lendrum’s Driving School in Southampton is the first UK instructor to introduce a Telematics Training Course for his students.

John is using the latest technology to help his students prepare to drive to the standard required for telematics insurance driving. He has chosen TomTom CURFER the digital driver assistant app from GPS giants TomTom to help him in his quest.

John told us “Recently my students have been informing me that they were apprehensive about driving after passing their test as they faced being monitored and they were not confident that they would meet the standard required to qualify for telematics insurance. If they did not qualify then they would then face insurance costs of thousands of pounds which could drive them off the road.”

He informed us that along with his business partner Iain MacSween a telematics consultant they have found a solution to the problems that young driver face.

CURFER_box_and_LINK“TomTom CURFER is the perfect solution to this problem. Not only is it an excellent tool for helping students become confident, smooth and efficient drivers that will pass their test with ease, it will help them maintain a consistently good standard of driving that will enable them to drive to the standard required by telematics insurance companies after they pass their test.” He added.

John and his partner are keen that other instructors come on board and introduce telematics training courses to their students.

“It is important that the message gets out to my fellow instructors, this technology can save lives.” John was keen to point out.

He also said “in my mind and with the experience that I have the key to reducing accidents is to have young drivers leave training with a positive attitude to being monitored and a pride in the way that they drive. TomTom CURFER will instil a sense of pride and an awareness of how to maintain a safe level of driving.”

In John’s experience all of his students who have tried CURFER love it.

“My students love it, they love the fact that they can review each journey and see any mistakes that they make on a map after they are finished their lesson and they love when they see an improvement in their driving score. They are positive about being monitored after they pass their test and are definitely proud of the driving score that they achieve.”

John’s final word was to state that he was proud to be the first UK Driving School to offer telematics training courses in the Southampton and the surrounding areas and he hopes instructors in other parts of the country follow suit soon.

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