RoSPA Young Driver Award

APCsport driver Andrew Coley attends 2004 final

Following APCsport's decision to try and have some positive input into road safety issues, team driver Andrew Coley was invited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to attend the final of the 2004 Young Driver of the Year Award. Andrew attended in an advisory role, passing on driving tips to the finalists of the contest.

The Young Driver of the Year award was started in 1992, by the Catherine Kenyon Trust. The trust was set up in 1992 in memory of Catherine, who was killed in 1990 by a 'dangerous driver'. The Trust's aim is to raise standards of driving in the young and reduce road deaths and injuries, a cause which APCsport also champions.

The young drivers all earned their place in the National final by performing a safe, well planned and executed drive on all types of roads at regional level, with Traffic Police from Thames Valley Police acting as judges, as they have done since '92. The final involved a similar road driving test, as well as manoeuvrability tests, a skid pan exercise and a comprehensive theory test. The winner in 2004 received full training for and the chance to compete in a round of the Uniroyal Team Challenge, a 'proper' car racing series.

On returning from the final Andrew commented: "It was great to see so many people who enjoy their driving so much, and from such different backgrounds and ages. There were some impressive performances from very inexperienced drivers on the skid pan; great stuff. The winner was driving his prize drive car up and down the pits when I left with a big smile on his face!"

APCsport hopes to continue its Road Safety work in 2005, with increased commercial backing allowing us to attend various events and promote Road Safety issues alongside our rallying commitments. Watch this space, and see our Rallying for Road Safety section for more information.

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