11 March 2015

Young people aged between 15 and 25 have the chance to get a behind-the-wheel experience thanks to a free Northamptonshire County Council-led initiative at Silverstone.

CarKraft is aimed at two groups, non-drivers who will be able to experience their first driving lesson in a controlled environment and drivers who will be able to enhance their driving skills, being assessed by an advanced driver in a simulation of adverse road conditions.

When do sessions take place?

CarKraft sessions will be taking place this year in March, May, June, September and October.

However there are a few places left in two of the sessions in the first event this year on Sunday, March 22: session one, between 8.15am and 10.45am and in session four between 3.55pm and 6.25pm.

Cllr Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is an excellent initiative which was designed to give young people the chance to acquire some basic skills in a safer and supervised environment.

“The intention is for these skills to provide a foundation for them to then learn to drive in a way which increases their safety on the roads.

“This course has proved enormously popular in the past and I’m confident that this will continue.”

The scheme is delivered for the county council by Northamptonshire Highways with 50 per cent of the funding coming from Northamptonshire Police. Cars are provided by Renault UK and insured by insurance company Adrian Flux.