Driving assessment available to Matlock motorists

Christmas presents that could save the lives of local car drivers and motor-cyclists of all ages are now available throughout the Matlock area and the Hope Valley.

For just £20, Matlock (Derwent and Hope Valleys) group of Advanced Motorists will carry out a driving or riding assessment and offer up to four hours advice and one-to-one training on the road to improve a candidate’s ability and safety.

All training is done in the candidate’s own car in two or three separate sessions at convenient times.

“With winter approaching and driving conditions becoming more hazardous, the Drive Check scheme would make an ideal Christmas present for anyone using the roads. It’s a cheap but a very effective way of improving road safety for any motorist,” said former police driver and now group chief observer Bill Storey.

There are extra benefits for anyone living in the Derbyshire Dales. Thanks to the District Council, Dales residents who are 26 years and under will have the fee paid for them.

Last year the Group offered a similar scheme specifically for older drivers, and over 70 took up the offer.

“Everyone told us how helpful the programme was,” said Bill. “For many, it simply confirmed they were still capable of driving safely on our roads but with the advice and updated skills they acquired, their confidence increased no end.”

Anyone who subsequently decides to take the full advanced driving course will have the £20 refunded. The full course is being offered at a special price of £125 in the run-up to Christmas which includes 12 months membership of the Institute, the test fee and training manual.

Further information on the two schemes is available from Bill on 01629 812732 or by email to matlockdhv1@btinternet.com