Award winning young driver course gears up for the new school year

Registration is now open for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s online driving programme, set up to support young people as they prepare to get into the driving seat.

Delivered by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership in schools and colleges, it provides young people with a virtual experience of different driving situations they may find themselves in, preparing them to become better and safer drivers once they have passed their test.Cambs Drive iQ’s online learning platform is designed for students aged 16 and above and aims to help reduce the number of young people involved in incidents and crashes on the roads.

The project is funded by Conservative Police & Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite, and was nationally recognised in 2018 at the ‘FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety awards’ ceremony, winning the ‘Best Education and Training Initiative’ category and being highly commended in the ‘Best Partnership Scheme’ category. It was described as a ‘truly excellent programme’ which is ‘evidence based and real world oriented.’Students who complete a minimum of 8 modules will automatically be entered in a lucky draw for either a free two-hour driving session or a chance to spend a day with the Fire and Police Service.

The virtual course uses examples of local roads so young people can experience specific challenges they might face around the county.

Celebrating its second anniversary, Cambs Drive iQ was delivered to more than 3300 students last year in 22 schools/colleges across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Police and Crime Commissioner commented: “I am delighted see Cambs Drive iQ being so well received by young people across the county. This platform engages with young people from the start, preparing them for the potential challenges they may face whilst driving. It’s a good way to influence attitudes towards driving in a classroom environment and should arm our young drivers with everything they need to know to stay safe on the roads.”