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Free classes on offer for safer driving in the countryside


The Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership has arranged for two sessions to run in Cirencester and in Northleach this month teaching safer rural driving.

Car and van drivers in Gloucestershire, who use country roads and wish to improve their technique and enjoyment, are being invited to attend a free driving class this month.

The classes will offer tips and advice for safer driving they will highlight the hidden dangers on rural roads and how to overcome them.

Suitable for both social and professional drivers, the classes are being run to support the A429 Route Aware Campaign that the Road Safety Partnership is launching to improve road safety in the Cotswolds, in particular on the main routes such as the A429.

Each session will last one hour and will be delivered by the 'Cirencester and District Institute of  Advanced Motorists'

Altogether forty free places are available and interested drivers can choose between two dates, Monday 18th April at 7pm or Saturday 23rd April at 2pm.

Sessions will take place on Monday 18th at 7pm at Cirencester Community Fire and Rescue Station, School Lane, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1YL. Unfortunately parking can't be provided at the Fire Station, but on road parking is available nearby.

A session will also be available on Saturday 23rd at Northleach Community Fire and Rescue Station, Westend, Northleach.  GL54 3HF where parking will be available at in the car park at the rear of the Fire Station.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council said, "People often say a particular road is dangerous but roads aren't dangerous, it's the way some use them that increases the risk of a crash. During the sessions drivers will learn about the hidden dangers on rural roads and how to overcome them.

"If you'd like to come along for a free class please email and book a place."

Chief Inspector Paul Shorrock from Gloucestershire Police said, "Mobility and freedom to drive or ride whenever we wish are important parts of the quality of life that we enjoy, but safety must not be compromised. 

"We must all use our roads with care and drive in a safe and sociable way. These classes are a fantastic opportunity to re-examine our knowledge and update our skills."

Gordon Burley, Chairman of the Cirencester and district group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists said, "Driving on the roads in the Cotswolds presents various challenges and these sessions are a great opportunity to share our tips and advice with drivers.

"We're delighted to support the Road Safety Partnership as we try to encourage a higher standard of driving, improve road safety and the enjoyment of motoring."

To book a free place email stating which venue you would like to attend and how many places you require..

To learn more about the Cirencester and District Advanced Motorists, one of many local groups of Advanced Motorists throughout the UK visit

The classes support the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership's safe and social driving campaign which welcomes and appreciates good driving and riding on all roads, including rural roads, to find out more visit

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