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Young Drivers

Too many young drivers and passengers are at risk of dying or being seriously injured on our roads. If you feel unsafe as a driver or passenger in a car, don’t be afraid to ‘speak out’:  it could save your life or your mates’ lives too.

Kent Road Safety’s goal is to educate young drivers and passengers so that they become safer road users. To do this, our team offer virtual Young Driver Courses to all schools in Kent. Designed with Years 12 and 13 in mind, our sessions build awareness and challenge young driver’s perceptions of road safety.

What we offer:

The Young Driver virtual programme provides participant schools with:

  • Four virtual sessions, each of which are around 30 minutes.
  • The flexibility to access the programme with 1 or 2 sessions a week or all the sessions as a drop-down day.
  • Our Young Driver workbook.
  • Our Young Driver answer book to help you guide and support your learners.
  • Quick knowledge checks and reflection challenges to help your learners consider how to best put their learning into practice.

Take a closer look at our session breakdown Young Driver Courses

The KCC Road safety team are offering this free 4-part Young Driver workshop to all Kent Schools.

The course specifically supports young people to understand the key skills required for driving, but it has been written to compliment the Speak Out campaign, designed to empower those young people as passengers too.

Our engaging road safety courses help change the behaviours of young drivers and passengers, making the roads a safer place for everyone.

What does the Young Driver programme need from your school?

  • We just need to schedule links with you and seek completion of pre & post surveys.

For information on booking our Young Driver virtual course contact lorna.smith@kent.gov.uk               

Theatre in Education sessions

On top of our courses, Kent Road Safety also offer  Theatre in Education sessions throughout schools in Kent.

These performances raise awareness of issues such as impairment through mobile phone use, drink and drugs, inappropriate speed and peer pressure.

Speak out

Spot the Speak Out Signs – Is your driver…

  • Breaking the speed limit?
  • Harshly braking or accelerating?
  • Cornering too quickly?
  • Reacting late to signals or other road users?
  • Missing hazards?
  • Driving aggressively?
  • Racing other cars?
  • Overtaking dangerously?
  • Using their phone?
  • Under the influence of drink or drugs?
  • Not wearing a seatbelt?
As well as topics targeting young drivers, we also educate young passengers about ways to speak out if they feel unsafe.
Check out our recent ‘Speak Out’ campaign here.

Key statistics

171

171 car occupants aged 16 - 24 have been killed or seriously on Kent's roads (excluding Medway) in the last three years.

The 17-24 year old age group represent 30% of all car occupant casualties on Kent roads.

Following Speak Out campaign 83% of young car occupants could recall at least one coping strategy which could remove them from a dangerous situation.

Programmes