RGS Drive Safe has launched a graduated learning scheme designed to help young drivers build their knowledge and apply it to their driving. Tracker (part of the Tantalum Corporation) is the chosen telematics partner supporting RGS Drive Safe scheme. As one of the partners, Tracker joins other brands at the special launch event, which takes place on 28th November 2018 at Ballykinler Army Camp, Northern Ireland.
Safety for younger drivers is crucial as drivers aged 16-19 are a third more likely to die in a crash than drivers aged 40-49, and one in four 18-24 year olds (23%) crash within two years of passing their driving test. RGS Drive Safe will conduct a number of lessons within its driver training centres, which are equipped with full road structure, for safe practicing. Pupils will learn basic skills such as how to control and position a car correctly at junctions, as well as learning how to deal with different types of hazards, especially when driving in a built up area.
RGS Drive Safe Scheme has the support of 10 insurance brokers within Northern Ireland, all part of the Provincewide Group to ensure safer roads for the younger generation, and the scheme is being rolled out across different areas of the UK. RGS Drive Safe has a team of hand-picked instructors, ensuring it delivers quality training in Northern Ireland and the mainland UK.
Sean Brown, Owner of RGS and a former advanced driving instructor of the Northern Ireland Police Service, says, “Over the last two years I have looked at the problems facing many young drivers who attend our driver correctional training course. Most of their problems stem from a poor level of instruction during their learning period, with many not even being able to read a road ahead. As a result, I am launching our graduated learning scheme, Drive Safe.
“We aim to target pupils who are around six months away from their 17th birthday. This way, once they have completed their Drive Safe training, they will be ready to start out more confidently on the open roads with their instructors.”
Once pupils have passed their tests, RGS will offer them a number of great deals on different services from participating partners. Tracker is the chosen provider for telematics for the RGS Drive Safe Scheme, not only helping to reduce insurance premiums, but also providing telematics information such as a driving performance score, helping young drivers focus on improving their driving behaviour.
Greig Hilton, Managing Director of Tracker, comments, “We are delighted to be a key partner for the RGS Drive Safe scheme. Our telematics solution will help young drivers build on the strong foundations delivered by the scheme. With accurate data on their driving behaviour, young motorists will be able to make positive changes to the way they drive, keeping them safer and helping reduce their insurance premiums. Drive Safe is an important scheme that brings together, the insurance and the motor industry to help create a generation of safer drivers.”
Provincewide Ltd, Northern Ireland's largest Independent Insurance Broker Association, is the exclusive insurance partner supporting the RGS Drive Safe scheme. Paul Matthews, one of the Directors of Provincewide, comments “The Provincewide brokers are delighted to be involved with RGS Drive Safe, improving road safety, reducing accidents and driving down motor insurance costs within Northern Ireland.”
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