Spots filling up for Young Driver comp

19/02/2014 9:00 a.m.

19 February 2014

There are still 10 spots up for grabs for a young driver keen to vie for the title of Central’s Best Young Driver for 2014.

A coalition of local businesses, car enthusiasts, community road safety, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Police are behind the driver skills training and competition which will take place at the Highlands Motorsport Park.

Community Road Safety Advisor Jo Robinson said the programme ran very successfully for the first time in 2013 and this year will again offer participants a fun, varied and hands-on learning experience.

“The aim is to improve a driver’s skills – no matter what their level of experience going in to the competition.”

Local employers have been approached over recent weeks asking them to nominate staff members in the 18-25 age group to take part in the two days of skills training and competition, scheduled for Wednesday 26 March and Sunday 30 March 2014.

To gauge the skill level before the competition starts all drivers will go through a practical road driving session with a qualified driving instructor in the first two weeks of March.

The competition itself will be broken down into eight different modules with a mix of theory and practical content, then skill tests.

While the total prize packages are still being confirmed, one of the prizes is a track ride at Highlands Motorsport Park for the winner's employer. The winner will earn the title of the Young Driver of the Year for the Central Otago district and there will also be a prize for most improved driver.

Paul Duncan of Davis Auto Electrical (pictured) was the winner of the 2013 competition. “I would encourage anyone who can to take part in this competition," said Paul. “I feel that I learned heaps and it was awesome being able to drive at Highlands.”

Michael Harrison from Central Otago Motorsport Club, a key provider of volunteers for the event, said the club was thrilled to be able to offer its support.

“Improving the driving skills of any driver is a win-win situation. Car Club members are lining up to provide support on the two days of competition. We can see the benefits of teaching and testing the skills of young drivers, and club members get to spend some time at Highlands Motorsport Park!”

Nominations will close on Sunday 2 March. Late entries are not able to be received as the pre-competition driving assessments are programmed to start the following week.

If you wish to nominate someone please contact Jo Robinson on (03) 440 0653 or email centralsbestdriver@codc.govt.nz.​

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