17 February 2011
Northamptonshire residents are being offered the opportunity to improve their driving skills and road safety awareness at two free courses organised by the Casualty Reduction Partnership.

CarKraft Experience, for drivers aged 18-24, will take place on Saturday 19 March at Silverstone Circuit. Participants should book in advance and will be allocated to one of two sessions, either 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

A total of 72 places are available on the two sessions which take place from either 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Included in the sessions is:

  • On-road driving assessment
  • Driving experience in a skid car
  • Experience of ABS brakes
  • Important information about the dangers of speed and drink driving

The course includes an on-road driving assessment carried out by Police advanced drivers. The assessment, which includes rural, A-road and motorway driving, is carried out in a Renault Clio, provided for use on the day by Renault UK and insured by Adrian Flux Insurance.

Anyone living in Northamptonshire, aged between 18 and 24 years, holding a full car driving licence with more than one year’s driving experience, qualifies to apply for a place. In order to give as many young drivers as possible the opportunity to take part, previous participants are unable to apply. Participants must be able to make their own travel arrangements to Silverstone.

ExperienceKraft will take place on Tuesday 22 March at Silverstone Circuit. ExperienceKraft is for drivers aged 55 and over, or those with more than 30 years of driving experience. The event is aimed at helping older drivers to extend their safe driving years.

Participants should book in advance and will be allocated to one of two sessions, either 9:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. -16:45 p.m.

The half-day course, which is free to participants, will include the chance to drive on a skid pan, and two indoor classroom sessions covering fitness to drive and keeping mobile.

The objective of the courses is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads. Demand for places on previous sessions has been extremely high, so anyone interested in taking part is advised to apply as soon as possible.

Although the current budget proposals mean that Casualty Reduction Partnership may cease in its current form at the end of March 2011, Northamptonshire County Council is investigating alternative funding opportunities in order to explore the possibility of continuing educational courses for our most vulnerable road user groups.

Application forms and more information can be found online at: www.reducingroadcasualties.com

Alternatively email name, address and the name of the course being applied for to roadsafety@northamptonshire.gov.uk and an application form will be emailed.