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SLYDE THIS SUNDAY AT KENT

We have the last few spaces available at Sittingbourne this sunday contact us on 01795334353 to book in.

A12 to be closed over the weekend at Kelvedon

Those attending Colchester Young Drivers event on sunday please allow extra travel time due to the A12 being closed from saturday evening till mon morning so you don't miss your session thanks 

OUR COMPETITION WINNER

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James Troup was one of our lucky winners who entered our Facebook Competition and got to attend our Under 17s Driving Venue in Kent at the weekend. By the look of that smile he had a very good drive and is looking to book in again.

New Mascot

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Our Sponsored Speedway Team down in Kent have now got an extra member on the team MEET STREETLY heres there every race meeting http://www.kentkings.co/ check them out 

Competition time

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We ran a Competition on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Under17sDrivingslyde/?ref=settings&qsefr=1 and had an amazing response with 184 people enter our competiton with the 3 lucky winners drawn from a hat and announced.  

Lisa Troup

Tracy Stroud

Chrissy Smith

We have the lucky winners booked in on our next session.

Next Under 17s Driving Lessons

So we are 3 months into 2017 and what a start to the year its been. We had our new presentation room at colchester on sunday where we had the Essex Fire Presentation and a very hard hitting message. This sunday we have the Kent Venue running on 12th march and we have the Kent Air Ambulance in attendance to give a new talk. 

We then head to Ingatestone on April 5th, Kent April 9th and back to Colchester on April 23rd to avoid the Easter holidays.

To book in please go to our online booking forms or call us on 01206581020.

Spaces are filling up fast.

2017 diary

Hello Everyone hope your 2017 has got off to a fantastic start. Just to let everyone know this year has started crazy with so many Young Drivers wanting to attend our sessions so if your looking to come along to any of our 3 venues Colchester, Sittingbourne, Ingatestone then please book in with plenty of notice as spaces have been filling up fast so to avoid dissapointment and to get your preferred time please book in early.

 

Thanks S.L.Y.D.E TEAM

Under 17s Driving School Covering Kent and Essex  

Competition Winners

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We ran a Competetion to Win some FREE Under 17s Driving Lessons on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Under17sDrivingslyde/ and had an amzing reponse with reaching 21,529 people we picked our lucky winners and they were 

Jack Joiner who attended our Colchester Young Drivers Event on Feb 5th

Thomas Willson who is attending our Under 17s Driving Lessons at Ingatestone on April 5th

Congratulations to them and thankyou to everyone who entered.

Keep a look out for some more competitions through out the year.

Under 17s Driving in the rain

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It was a very wet day today at the Colchester stadium for our under 17s day! But I'm sure you'll agree all 200 pupils did great driving in the rain ☔️

Hope you all had a great day! Well done to everyone :)

See you on 5th February for the next session

Upcoming Dates for all Venues

This month has been a very busy time for all our Under 17 pupils and  Driving instructors we started the month with a very busy February at Colchester Essex, we then turn our attention to Sittingbourne Kent this sunday where spaces are also filling up fast and then we return back to Essex for our School Holidays Venue Ingatestone which has very limited spaces left so be quick to get booked in.

 

Thanks SLYDE TEAM 

A Huge Thankyou

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JANUARY DRIVING SESSION

Anyone who got vouchers for Christmas or anyone who wants to book for our Jan 15th session please get in contact soon as spaces are filling up fast thanks 01206581020

Happy Christmas Everyone

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Happy Christmas Everyone the office will stay open throughout Christmas Holidays and we look forward to our excited Customers calling with there gift vouchers

Killer drivers to face life sentences

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

Dangerous drivers who cause death by reckless driving, speeding, street racing or distracted by using a mobile phone could now be treated in a similar way to those charged with manslaughter.

This also applies to people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Ministry of Justice wants your views on whether the current maximum penalties should be increased. Give your views by 1 February 2017.

Other proposals include:

creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving with a maximum sentence of 3 years

increasing minimum driving bans of those convicted of causing death

In 2015, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving with a further 21 convicted of causing death while under the influence. While the UK has one of the best road safety records in the world, deaths and injuries still cause devastation to victims and their families.

DATES RELEASED FOR OUR UNDER 17s DRIVING COURSES IN SITTINGBOURNE KENT

Our Last 2 dates for 2016 are

20 November, 2016

11 December, 2016

Our 2017 Dates for Sittingbourne Kent are

15 January, 2017

12 February, 2017

12 March, 2017

9 April, 2017

7 May, 2017

11 June, 2017

9 July, 2017

13 August, 2017

10 September, 2017

15 October, 2017

12 November, 2017

10 December, 2017

DATES FOR COLCHESTER 2017

Can you wait to start driving ?

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WE HAVE OUR COLCHESTER 2017 DATES please go to www.slyde.eu for all our dates across our 3 venues
27 November, 2016
15 January, 2017
5 February, 2017
5 March, 2017
23 April, 2017
14 May, 2017
11 June, 2017
2 July, 2017
13 August, 2017
10 September, 2017
8 October, 2017
5 November, 2017
26 November, 2017

2017 dates released for Ingatestone under 17s driving Colchester dates to follow soon

2017 DATES RELEASED FOR INGATESTONE and our last date for 2016 
 
22 December, 2016
 
16 February, 2017
 
5 April, 2017
 
31 May, 2017
 
26 July, 2017
 
16 August, 2017
 
1 September, 2017
 
25 October, 2017
 
21 December, 2017

IF YOUR BOOKED INTO NOV 6th at Colchester Under 17s  PLEASE CALL the office on 01206581020 thanks

IF YOUR BOOKED INTO NOV 6th at Colchester Under 17s Driving PLEASE CALL the office on 01206581020 thanks

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

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SCARY I KNOW BUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHRISTMAS IS COMING
We have just sold our 1st GIFT VOUCHERS

GET YOURS ORDERED NOW

Age 14 upwards 
Can you wait to start driving ? 
Do you worry about your Kids starting their driving ? 
Let us take that worry away. We run a full education course with presentations from every emergency service through to every challenge with in car driving

Together we will change the future of Driving

We have 2 venues in Essex 1 in Kent

01277508383 Ingatestone / 01206581020 Colchester 

SEASON ENDS ON OUR SPONSORED SLYDE KENT KINGS

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Update!

Its been a great summer holiday so far, We have had great turnouts at all of our SLYDE Venues and we would like to thank you all for coming. Our Newest Venue in Ingatestone is growing nicely and we are getting such great pupils as always. Our Essex Venue's are getting very busy so if you would like to book then i'd book quick! Our next Upcoming dates are 21st August in Kent, 24th August in Ingatestone, and 11th September in Colchester. To Book visit our homepage or call on 01206 581020 - Colchester, 01277 508383 - Ingatestone, 01795334353 - Kent, If you have any question or would like to know more please do not hesitate to ring us in the office, Thank You From Everyone At Streetlife Young Driver Education :) 

Busy Summer!

Looking Ahead of the diary we have a very busy spell coming up this summer, if your bored at home, Why dont you come up and see us at one of our Venues?  To see upcoming dates go to the homepage and just look down the right hand side! We are hoping to see as many of you as possible! Please book either on our website or just call 01206581020 - Essex or 01795334353 - Kent 

Amazing success with our SLYDE Venues.

Our Recent SLYDE Venues have been fantastic! We Have had a Great show of lovely young drivers to teach, Our Ongar Venue is growing well and our Colchester and kent Venues are getting Fully Booked! Maybe you know someone who cant wait to start driving, you can buy a gift voucher for any of our venues! Just Call Us On 01206581020

100% of customers would recommend us to a friend

Late Christmas present for my twin grand daughters they loved it aged16 they now can,t wait until they are17 and start driving on the road.Their friends are so envious. Did not realise they would cover so much in 45 minute lesson. Excellent may have to come again but wish you had a school closer say in Ashford,could find you a venue!

Success at Ongar

We launched at our newest venue on Feb 17th at Norton Heath (ongar) with great success. The day was a fresh start due to low temp but the sun came out and we had a good group of young drivers turn up to test out our newest circuit and the feed back was amazing. Thankyou everyone that came. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 30th march. 

NEW VENUE OPENS ITS DOORS

This month the SLYDE team are very excited to be opening it's doors to it's newest venue.

Wednesday 17th February will see the first drive only session held at Dodds Farm Norton Heath Airfield, Norton Lane, Mandeville, Ingatestone CM4 0LN, right next to the A414 main road.

The Venue consists of 2 very big flat concrete areas that will enable students to work on their skill areas including Roundabouts, Junctions, Crossroads, Emergency stops and all Reverse Exercises. On top of all that there is 2 miles of inter linking 2 way roads so you will be able to experience the ultimate Driving Experience.

To book in, please take a look at our Dates for 2016 on the home page.

JANUARY SLYDE IN ESSEX

A great start to the year saw figures rocket with 224 students attending on the 17th January.  Included in those numbers, we welcomed 102 new students. 

Our speaker for the day was Richard Willis who was as always a gentleman and talked about how he has and still continues to rebuild his life folllowing his accident.

 

The next few dates for Essex SLYDE are:

Sunday 14th February

Sunday 6th March

Sunday 24th April

 

To look at all the dates and venues available for this year or to book a session, please visit the home page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our venues in 2016.

Great start to 2016

2016 is starting with a bang we now have 3 locations up and running with 2 in Essex and 1 in Kent, the ultimate head start on your driving future for under 17s our next few dates are

JAN 17TH COLCHESTER

JAN 24TH SITTINGBOURNE

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FEB 14TH COLCHESTER

FEB 17TH INGATESTONE

FEB 21ST SITTINGBOURNE 

CHRISTMAS GIFT VOUCHERS

17 Days until Christmas!! 
Have you purchased that all important gift for the teenager with everything??


Do something different this year

Why not buy a gift voucher for the most fun but valuable skill giving present which will provide them with a memorable first driving lesson 01206581020 / 01795334353 

 

NEW VENUE ADDED IN ESSEX

RUNNING OUR UNDER 17S DRIVING COURSES IN ALL THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 

 

We have been in talks with Essex Driving Academy and we can now announce that A brand new venue has been added to our already amazing venues in Essex and Kent. Our newest Young Driver venue is situated in Norton Heath Essex right next to the A414 main road. Address:

Dodds Farm Norton Heath Airfield, 
Norton Lane Mandeville, 
Ingatestone, 
Essex, 
CM4 0LN

This Venue consists of 2 very big flat concrete areas that we will be able to create all different types of skills areas including Roundabouts, JUnctions, Crossroads, Emergency stops and all Reverse Exercises. On top of all that we have 2 miles of inter linking 2 way roads so you will be able to experience the ultimate Driving Experience. The site already has a Rally School, 4x4 School and a Drift School and with this in mind we will be able to take students from the age of 14 that have never sat in a car before and train them up to a level of confidence and skill to make there Driving Future a safe one. To book in please take a look at our Dates for 2016.

CHRISTMAS VOUCHERS

29 Days until Christmas!!
Have you purchased that all important gift for the teenager with everything??


Do something different this year

Why not buy a gift voucher for the most fun but valuable skill giving present which will provide them with a memorable first driving lesson 01206581020 / 01795334353 

 

EXCITING NEWS for all school Holidays

We have some very exciting news regarding another Venue that will run Under 17s Driving through all of the school holidays but you will have to wait a few more days before we can tell you all the details :) Check back very soon 

UK sees drop in road deaths

Lets hope that with the Educational Presentations the Young Drivers receive at S.L.Y.D.E will help make these figures reduce even more 

 

The UK has seen a slight decline in the number of road deaths according to the government.

Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) for the year up to June 2015 saw 1,700 road deaths on UK roads, a 2% decrease compared with the year ending June 2014.

The latest statistics also revealed that there were 22,830 killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties, a 7% decrease compared with the previous year, while there were 180,500 reported road casualties of all severities, 7% lower than the year ending June 2014.

The decrease took place as motor traffic levels rose by 2.3% compared with the 12 month period ending June 2014. The overall casualty rate per vehicle mile decreased by 9% for the same period.

The DfT figures also found that between April and June 2015, there were 400 road deaths, a 7% decrease from the same quarter in 2014 while KSI casualties decreased by 11% with slightly injured casualties and overall total casualties both falling by 12% compared with the same quarter in 2014.

 

DRIVING LESSONS BEFORE 17?

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For years there has been a disparity between the age a person can apply for their provisional licence (15years and 9months) and the age they can actually start practicing (17). Nowadays, there are driving centres across the UK, which provide schemes for those under 17 to practice the basics of driving.

 

WHY IMPLEMENT UNDER 17 DRIVING LESSONS?

Worryingly, it would seem the current ethos among learner drivers is ‘learn cheap, pass quick’. A learner driver should not seek to rush their learning experience.  It takes time and a lot of practice to learn all the little nuances about driving. Trying to rush the process could cause them to glaze over vital information.

These driving lessons, for under 17 year olds, give teenagers a firm footing for when they turn 17.  They provide an educational advantage and means the learning process starts years before they can even contemplate getting their full licence.

At SLYDE, we prefer to promote the ethos ‘learn for life, not just for the driving test’. We encourage young adults to use these sessions, to get as much practice as possible before their driving test.

 

YOUNG DRIVER DANGER

We’ve said it before; young drivers are the highest risk group for insurers.  In terms of temporary, annual, even learner driver insurance, they are the age group that receive the highest premium prices.  Almost ¼ of drivers aged ’18 -24′ have an accident within the first few years of passing their driving test.  Clearly, society will only benefit from young people racking up the experience before getting on the road independently.

 

SAVE MONEY?

Taking these driving lessons could even end up saving people money!  The more a young adult can learn before turning 17, the less driving lessons they’ll need going into the future.  They will already be confident with the basics and can quickly move on to the more technical elements.

 

DO THESE DRIVING LESSONS WORK?

Reviews are often quite positive, with young people and parents alike finding them informative and entertaining.

It would seem these sessions aren’t just effective, but fun too and it’s probably why driving lessons as birthday parties are great ideas too.

Obviously, these sessions are not as intensive as the driving lessons they would receive at 17, nor are they a replacement.

They are, however, a great opportunity for young people to experiment with the driving basics (cockpit drill, safety checks, moving off, pulling over) before starting lessons at 17.  

This can be a huge benefit, if not for learning skills then perhaps just for improving their confidence.

 

2016 ESSEX DATES RELEASED

EXCELLENT NEWS WE CAN NOW CONFIRM ESSEX SLYDE DATES FOR 2016.

Venue: Colchester United Football Club, Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, Essex CO4 5UP

ESSEX

JANUARY 17TH

FEBRUARY 14TH

MARCH 6TH

APRIL 24TH

MAY 15TH

JUNE 12TH

JULY 3RD

AUGUST 14TH

SEPTEMBER 11TH

OCTOBER 2ND

NOVEMBER 6TH

NOVEMBER 27TH

2016 KENT DATES RELEASED

EXCELLENT NEWS WE CAN NOW CONFIRM KENT SLYDE DATES FOR 2016.

Venue: Central Park Stadium, Church Road, Eurolink, Sittingbourne ME10 3SB

KENT

JANUARY 24TH

FEBRUARY 21ST

MARCH 20TH

APRIL 17TH

MAY 22ND

JUNE 19TH

JULY 17TH

AUGUST 21ST

SEPTEMBER 18TH

OCTOBER 16TH

NOVEMBER 20TH

DECEMBER 11TH

 

KENT SLYDE GETS GREAT FEED BACK

Thankyou my daughter loved it and i found the safety talk very interesting too.

 

My daughters really enjoyed it and we have booked her on another session.

 

A big thankyou to all involved. Our grand daughter really enjoyed her experience and i would recommend SLYDE to anyone before allowing their young person behind the wheel

ESSEX SLYDE 6TH SEPT

After and very fully packed attendance at Colchester Stadium last month we now turn our attention to the next SLYDE under 17s driving day which is september 6th.

KENT SLYDE UNDER 17S DRIVING

With Kent growing in numbers month on month we are now bringing in lots of very experienced Driving Instructors and the reponse has been amazing. The Next Kent UNDER 17S DRIVING SESSION is September 27th at sittingbourne stadium.

OUR NEW ESSEX SLYDE POSTER

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ESSEX JULY SLYDE

Just to remind everyone that our next ESSEX SLYDE IS JULY 26TH

KENT UNDER 17S

We are now entering our 3rd Under 17s Driving Day at Kent and the feedback has been amazing and the response in numbers is very healthy. We have now teamed up with Kent Fire and Rescue , Kent Air Ambulance and 2 very amazing presenters who will bring the most moving presentations to the dangers of being out on the road.

NEXT KENT DATE IS JULY 12TH

Our Next Kent Young Drivers Academy Day is July 12th with numbers going up every week. Thankyou to everyone who has attended so far.

OUR KENT UNDER 17S DRIVING POSTER

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KENT UNDER 17S DRIVING GOES LIVE 17TH MAY

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One week to go and we see the launch of our brand new venue in Sittingbourne Central Park Stadium in Kent ready for our next generation of Young Drivers

Slyde owner takes to the track on 2 wheels

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Slyde owner Karl takes a spin out onto the kent Kings Speedway track but on 2 wheels to experience the thrill of speedway at the home of our kent under 17s driving venue.

SLYDE work with Royal Association of Deaf

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We have upto 10 young drivers that come every month from RAD to experience the Street Life Young Driver Education Program

PROUD SPONSORS OF THE KENT KINGS SPEEDWAY TEAM

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Kent Kings Speedway is delighted to announce a two year sponsorship deal and innovative partnership with SLYDE (Street Life Young Driver Education).

The tie-up will see the company, which has won numerous road safety and driving school quality awards and accreditations since being set up in 2011, become the team sponsor for the City Gearboxes National League Speedway side based at Central Park in Sittingbourne; and will, in a partnership completely unique to the county mean that local youngsters setting out down the road as drivers face a far safer future.

SLYDE who provide a package of young driver education and driving practice for under 17 year olds will be bringing their innovative driving school to the large car park at the Central Park home of the Kent Kings as part of this new partnership.

SLYDE is a particularly apt acronym for the sponsors of the motorcycle dirt track racing sport of Speedway, known for its unique spectacle of riders broadsiding (i.e. sliding their bikes) into bends. And this is not lost on the company owner and founder, Karl Rushen who is a former Speedway rider himself!

“I’ve been involved with racing bikes almost as long as I can remember, racing grasstrack across the south-east and especially in Kent as a youngster and then moving onto Speedway at the Iwade circuit in Swale.”

Karl became a member of the Old Ferry Lane in Iwade-based Sittingbourne Crusaders team who rode in the Conference League (the predecessor to the City Gearboxes National League).

“It was great being part of a Speedway team and I’m really looking forward to being involved again – this time with Kent Kings based at the magnificent Central Park venue, as club sponsor. I certainly intend to be a real hands-on sponsor, getting involved with the riders and fans.”

Karl, who also rode for the King’s Lynn Starlets during his racing career on the shale, has retained a role in the sport over recent years helping to run the Ride’n’Slide days organised by former Wimbledon Dons’ rider Russell Paine.

“I believe very much in bringing forward new riders and in assisting youngsters in particular, to make their way in the sport and the set up is ideal at Kent for this with a young team and the growing importance of new locally-based racers”.

The future then looks very positive for both the Speedway club who will now be known as the Kent SLYDE Kings and for young drivers in the area thanks to this most innovative of partnerships.

For more information on SLYDE and their forthcoming Young Driver Education programmes at Central Park please check out the website: www.slyde.eu or call Karl on 01795 334353

 

WE ARE NOW PROUD SPONSORS OF KENT KINGS SPEEDWAY TEAM

Kent Kings Speedway is delighted to announce a two year sponsorship deal and innovative partnership with SLYDE (Street Life Young Driver Education).

The tie-up will see the company, which has won numerous road safety and driving school quality awards and accreditations since being set up in 2011, become the team sponsor for the City Gearboxes National League Speedway side based at Central Park in Sittingbourne; and will, in a partnership completely unique to the county mean that local youngsters setting out down the road as drivers face a far safer future.

SLYDE who provide a package of young driver education and driving practice for under 17 year olds will be bringing their innovative driving school to the large car park at the Central Park home of the Kent Kings as part of this new partnership.

SLYDE is a particularly apt acronym for the sponsors of the motorcycle dirt track racing sport of Speedway, known for its unique spectacle of riders broadsiding (i.e. sliding their bikes) into bends. And this is not lost on the company owner and founder, Karl Rushen who is a former Speedway rider himself!

“I’ve been involved with racing bikes almost as long as I can remember, racing grasstrack across the south-east and especially in Kent as a youngster and then moving onto Speedway at the Iwade circuit in Swale.”

Karl became a member of the Old Ferry Lane in Iwade-based Sittingbourne Crusaders team who rode in the Conference League (the predecessor to the City Gearboxes National League).

“It was great being part of a Speedway team and I’m really looking forward to being involved again – this time with Kent Kings based at the magnificent Central Park venue, as club sponsor. I certainly intend to be a real hands-on sponsor, getting involved with the riders and fans.”

Karl, who also rode for the King’s Lynn Starlets during his racing career on the shale, has retained a role in the sport over recent years helping to run the Ride’n’Slide days organised by former Wimbledon Dons’ rider Russell Paine.

“I believe very much in bringing forward new riders and in assisting youngsters in particular, to make their way in the sport and the set up is ideal at Kent for this with a young team and the growing importance of new locally-based racers”.

The future then looks very positive for both the Speedway club who will now be known as the Kent SLYDE Kings and for young drivers in the area thanks to this most innovative of partnerships.

For more information on SLYDE and their forthcoming Young Driver Education programmes at Central Park please check out the website: www.slyde.eu or call 01795 334353

GOLDEN L AWARDS

Golden L Awards 2015

 

Thankyou to everyone that voted. We have made the top 3 in our category so now we will attend the awards ceremony on March 8th to see if we have Won.

 Top 3 as voted for by you for the 'Golden L Award for Best Driving Initiative'

 

• Road Safety GB

 

•SLYDE

•The Honest Truth

CHRISTMAS GIFT VOUCHERS

THE NEXT SLYDE EVENT IS JANUARY 11TH 

WHAT A LOVLEY GIFT FOR THEM TO HAVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY

CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS

01206 581020

SLYDE THIS COMING SUNDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

LAST FEW SPACES AVAILABLE 

PLEASE CALL US ON 

01206 581020 TO SECURE YOUR SPACE

 

2015 SLYDE DATES RELEASED

WE CAN NOW CONFIRM NEXT YEARS SLYDE EVENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS :

JANUARY 11TH 2015

FEBRUARY 1ST 2015

MARCH 1ST 2015

APRIL 12TH 2015

MAY 10TH 2015

JUNE 7TH 2015

JULY 26TH 2015

AUGUST 9TH 2012

SEPTEMBER 6TH 2015

OCTOBER 4TH 2015

NOVEMBER 1ST 2015

NOVEMBER 29TH 2015

THIS SUNDAYS EVENT

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE !!!!

CALL US ASAP TO SECURE YOU SPACE !!!

TESTIMONIAL

Would like to thank you & your team for an excellent start of driving experience for my daughter Sian, who had her last SLYDE lesson with you on sunday, we are continuing with streetlife driving school starting on Thursday, on her 17th birthday. Hope you keep this up & hopefully will see you all again when I will be bringing my son in a few years time. ;-)

NEXT SLYDE SESSION IS OCTOBER 5TH

Last few spaces ;eft please book in as soon as possible to gaurantee your slot.

STANWAY VILLA FC UNDER 15s

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We have Now sponsered Stanway Villa FC  Under 15s 

We are getting the message across that we are educating the under 17s and saving lives

Good luck Stanway Villa F.C have a great season

NEXT SLYDE SESSION IS SEPTEMBER 7th

Space are running out please book as soon as possible to guarantee an under 17 driving lesson 

ROYAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF

Please meet my new pupil Darcy she attended our under 17s SLYDE ,she is from RAD ( Royal Association Deaf ) this is a picture of her today on her 2 nd lesson she did amazing and I'm very excited to teach her. Follow our story on Instagram @ Streetlife_driving ‪#‎happypupils‬ ‪#‎teaching‬

Please meet my new pupil Darcy she attended our under 17s SLYDE ,she is from RAD ( Royal Association Deaf ) this is a picture of her today on her 2 nd lesson she did amazing and I'm very excited to teach her. Follow our story on Instagram @ Streetlife_driving #happypupils #teaching

Learner drivers to pay less for theory tests

The cost of the driving theory test will be cut by 25%, saving learner drivers over £100 million over the next 9 years.

The fee for a car driving theory test will fall by £6 in October this year, taking the cost of a test from £31 to £25, with a further drop of £2 in October 2015.

Theory test fees for motorcycles and other categories of vehicle will also be reduced. The changes have been confirmed following a public consultation.

WE ARE IN THE ESSEX CHRONICLE !!!!

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Controversial changes to driving test are put on hold

Newsbeat has found radical plans to change the driving test have been put on hold by the government.

The Department for Transport says it doesn't want to restrict the lives of young people but road safety campaigners have accused them of being scared.

A Green Paper outlining stricter rules for drivers under 30 was supposed to be released last year.

It would have meant new young drivers getting a probationary licence.

During that 12-month probation there would be a curfew between 10 at night and five in the morning, unless someone else over 30 was in the car.

Learners would be tested on motorway driving and there would be a ban on all mobile phone use behind the wheel and a lower legal alcohol limit.

The idea was to cut the amount of accidents involving young people.

Department for Transport statistics show that more than a fifth of deaths on British roads in 2012 involved drivers aged 17-24.

Sophie Morgan, 29, was paralysed from the waist down after the car she was driving was involved in an accident after the end of her A-levels in 2003.

Sophie Morgan wants the government to change the rules for learning to drive

She says she is disappointed the government is going back on plans to make learner drivers do a minimum number of hours behind the wheel.

"I don't know how many more young people have to die or sustain serious life-changing injuries like mine before the government does something," she says.

Ministers were due to publish a green paper last year after considering the Transport Research Laboratory's report which suggested a new system could cut casualty rates.

We are wrestling with how to make things safer, while not unduly restricting the freedom of our young people
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"The safety of young people on our roads is very important to us," a Department for Transport spokesman said. "Too many young people die, too often.

"We are wrestling with how to make things safer, while not unduly restricting the freedom of our young people.

"We want young people to be able to get to work and training, to education and to leisure activities, and we want them to do so safely.

"We are finding this a difficult balance, with passionate voices on both sides. "

Overall, the number of people dying on British roads has halved in the last 10 years.

In 2012, 24,793 people were killed or seriously injured on British roads, according to Department for Transport figures.

The report suggested that implementing the new system could cut annual casualty numbers by 4,471 and save £224m.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has told Newsbeat that it is disappointed with the delay.

Director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "Government has copped out due to fears that a new system will add to cost for young people and limit their job opportunities.

"Road deaths cost the economy almost £16 billion a year so improving safety for the highest risk group would actually have helped the economy.

"Young drivers need help. Graduated driver licensing could deliver that."

Driving instructorRyan Collin, 28, is a driving instructor with the AA in rural Berkshire

Some drivers thought the plans were too restrictive.

Jay Singh, 21, is in a band and finishes late at night.

He said: "I'm really pleased that I'm not going to be limited by these rules that have just appeared really."

Some restrictions are a good idea but the ones they were proposing just wouldn't work
Ryan Collins, Driving instructor in Berkshire

He added that he would not be able to learn under the proposals because of the extra number of hours that would have been needed before taking the test.

"Considering I'm a student and my income is nothing but loan from student finance, I just wouldn't be able to afford it."

One of the main concerns with the proposals was how they would affect young people in rural areas when it comes to working and training.

Ryan Collins is a driving instructor in Berkshire.

"Some restrictions are a good idea but the ones they were proposing just wouldn't work," he said.

He says he would have liked to have seen motorway training in the changes.

"A lot of people think they pass their test and they are a good driver," he said.

"I think additional training at the highest speeds, like on motorways, would help."

The AA motoring group says it is disappointed that a paper was not published but has also expressed some relief.

A statement read: "We are generally in favour of education over restriction.

"At the radical end of some of the restrictions proposed, there would be a significant impact on young people's freedom."

In Northern Ireland there have already been some moves towardsbringing in graduated licencing.

Earlier this month Stormont environment minister Mark H Durkan said: "Radical measures are necessary if we are to pursue an ambition of zero road death."

The Driving Instructors Association in Northern Ireland says it is unhappy with the changes.

A BRILLIANT DAY AT SLYDE !!!

180 pupils each had a great session on Sunday 11th may with two birthday parties and we have now formed a a regular partnership with The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) who are now benefiting from this unique opportunity of learning in a safe environment. 

Many thanks to the Essex fire brigade for doing the presentation. 

The next SLYDE is Sunday 8th June book early to guarantee your space!!! 

 

SURVEY COMMENTS

What did you like or dislike about the event?

Brilliant! Teaches safe driving and points out the dangers which you otherwise might not consider. Great reality check for the adults too!!

an excellent idea for young upcoming drivers getting started correctly.

We like everything about it, from the organisation, to the talks, to the instructor my son has. A wonderful service.

I think it is a fantastic scheme, very educational, I only wish I had discovered it when my son was 14

The talks that the parents/guardians and young people attend before the actual driving lesson are excellent. Always informative and quite hard hitting

Like the emphasis on education about the safety elements and learning to be a good driver rather than just getting behind the wheels.

The safety talk, How friendly every one was, the patience of the driving instructor. The whole experience.

Enjoy the 'one-on-oneness' about the event; the fact I'm with the same instructor all the time and can see notable progress.

Is there anything we can do to improve or change slyde and have you any suggestions of presenters that you would like to hear from ?

I think it's a brilliant scheme for the youngsters. Personally I think it should be something compulsory that has to be done as part of learning to drive.

No, would improve nothing slyde is excellent!!

No so far I believe this is an exceptional scheme, the presentations have been very informative, even I have learnt a few things. Anything that helps making young drivers more aware of the dangers is brilliant. You two guys deserve the award a lot of our friends in Peterborough and Northampton wish there were similar schemes for their children. Keep up the excellent work

 

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Essex driving school Streetlife scoops national award

By PeteWalkerAdv  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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Streetlife co-partner Gary Lipman, Carly Brookfield of the Driving Instructor Association and Karl Rushen

 
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An Essex driving school has scooped its first national award for its monthly schools for 14 to 19 year olds.

Streetlife Driving School, which covers primarily Chelmsford, Braintree and Colchester, won “Best Driving Initiative 2014” at the national Golden L Fresh Awards in Worcester.

The school has delivered its Streetlife Young Driver’s Education (SLYDE) schools, every first Sunday of the month at Colchester football stadium, to about 3,000 young drivers to date.

Co-business partner Karl Rushen, who as a firefighter has witnessed devastating car crashes, said: “Our SLYDE initiative is great fun and it gives teenagers the chance to start building confidence in driving but it’s also the perfect opportunity to start teaching about the dangers and risks too.”

 
 

Co-partner Gary Lipman said: “We were totally thrilled to win this award, it’s amazing to be recognised for the work that we’re putting into our futuremotorists.”



Read more: http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/Essex-driving-school-Streetlife-scoops-national/story-20772664-detail/story.html#ixzz2wUsx8zUM

180 UNDER 17s INCLUDING 2 BIRTHDAY PARTY'S

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Joshua White with two of his friends. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

CONNOR RONAN WITH 3 OF HIS FRIENDS

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONNOR !!!

CONNORS PARTY

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONNOR !!!

AWARD WINNING SLYDE !!

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Slyde Under 17s Driving in Essex Gary and Karl being presented with the Golden L Fresh Award 2014 for Best Driving Initiative sponsored by Driving Instructor Association. Well done everyone.

WINNERS !!!!

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THANKS FOR VOTING !!!

LAST FEW SPACES REMAINING

Our 1st under 17s driving lessons in essex start this sunday january 12th. We have Essex Police kindly giving there time up to come and do an amazing presentation to you all, You will then get a Qualified Driving Instructor then take you out for 45 min Driving lesson on a one to one basis learning everything from moving away to roundabouts to all types of reversing exercises. We have limited spaces available for this sunday so please book quick to guarantee your space for the best Under 17s driving experience in Essex. You can contact us direct on 01206581020 or click on the dates on our home page. With 166 Under 17 drivers already booked what an amazing start to our 2014 which can all help to changing the lives of our future young drivers of Essex. 

PLEASE VOTE !!!!

We need your help we have been short listed for an award for our Young Driver Education Programme that we run and it would be amazing if you could just click on the link and vote for us it would mean the world to us if we won thank you so much www.goldenl.co.uk You need to look for this category it’s the 4th voting category down on the list This award is supported by Driving Instructors Association. For more information about the nominees click here. My vote for 'The Driving Instructors Association Award for Best Driving Initiative' goes to.... THEN CLICK ON SLYDE - Street Life Young Driver Education

GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE

Our next SLYDE session is on January 12th 

Buy a Voucher a great christmas present

SAVING LIVES !!!!!

2014 DATES RELEASED FOR OUR UNDER 17S DRIVING IN ESSEX

WELL THATS THE END FOR OUR 2013 FOR Slyde Under 17s Driving in Essex BUT WE HAVE RELEASED OUR 2014 DATES ALREADY check out www.slyde.eu our NEXT YOUNG DRIVERS EVENT IS 12TH JAN 2014

What an amazing year it has been WINNING our Road Safety Award with Michelin, Having our local MP visit and having over 1000 students attend our monthly Young Drivers Day at Colchester United Football Stadium.

UNDER 17S DRIVING BIG DAY

Tommorrow is our next big Under 17s Driving event in essex, at our amazing venue of Colchester United Football Stadium, We have a brand new presentation with an amazing young lady calld Jen Byrne travelling all the way from brighton to spend the day with our young drivers of essex.

BRAND NEW CIRCUIT

We have added some amazing adjustments to our under 17s driving circuit so that it keeps all the young drivers thinking and planning ahead all the time ensuring that we keep the driving real life.

THIS SUNDAY 1ST DECEMBER

HI ALL THERE IS ONLY A LIMITED FEW SPACES LEFT FOR SUNDAYS SLYDE EVENT, WITH A NEW PRENSTATION EVERY MONTH IT WILL BE AN AMAZING DAY.

GIVE US A CALL TO BOOK IN OR FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU MAY NEED.

01206581020

AMAZING 150 PUPILS ATTENDED OUR YOUNG DRIVER DAY

What an amazing day at our Young Drivers Event in Colchester in Essex. We had 150 Under 17 year olds learning to drive and being educated by Essex County Fire and Rescue, Bringing with them the Community Wheels bus which has on board a drink drive simulator among other education devices.

NEXT UNDER 17S DRIVING DATE

Our next Young Drivers Day is december 1st at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester Essex, If you would like to attend please look at the website booking dates click the one you would like and just fill out all the details.

OUR DRIVING DAYS ARE OPEN TO ANYONE

Our Young Driver Events in essex are open to anyone aged 14 years old upwards there is no cap on the upper age so whatever your age experience come and join us at Colchester Football stadium booking is essential

BOOK YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY NOW !!!!

 

ROAD SAFTEY AWARD WINNING SLYDE !!!

WE ARE NOW EDUCATING AT LEAST 145 UNDER 17s (AND THEIR PARENTS) THE ESSEX FIRE BRIGADE ARE COMING TO SPEND THE DAY WITH THE UNDER 17s AND TEACH THEM TO STAYING SAFE ONE THE ROADS FOR WHEN THEY START LEARNING AND DRIVING AT 17.

JUST AN AMAZING UNIQUE EXPERIENCE !!!!

NEXT SLYDE DAY IS THIS SUNDAY COMING 3RD NOVEMBER 2013

Driving test age rise considered for teenagers

Teenagers could have to wait a year longer than currently before they are allowed to take their driving test.

The government is considering issuing only 12-month probationary licences at the age of 18 in a bid to cut accidents involving young motorists.

New drivers would also face a curfew between 22:00 and 05:00 unless a passenger aged over 30 was in the car.

Ministers are due to publish proposals in a Green Paper following a report by the Transport Research Laboratory.

'Improving safety'

It recommended a one-year "learner stage" during which drivers would have to total at least 100 hours of daytime and 20 hours of night-time practice under supervision.

During this stage, drivers under the age of 30 would also be banned from carrying any passengers also under 30.

Other proposals under consideration are a ban on all mobile phone use, including hands-free phones, and a lower alcohol limit.

Statistics show that more than a fifth of deaths on British roads in 2011 involved drivers aged 17-24.

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "Young drivers drive around 5% of all the miles driven in Britain but are involved in about 20% of the crashes where someone is killed or seriously injured.

"We are committed to improving safety for young drivers and reducing their insurance costs - that is why we are publishing a Green Paper later in the year setting out our proposals.

"This will include a discussion about how people learn to drive.

"The research report has been produced by the Transport Research Laboratory under commission by the Department for Transport and it, amongst other things, has informed the Green Paper."

'Public outcry'

Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation motoring research charity, welcomed the proposals.

He said: "Young people are four times more likely to die in a road accident than as a result of drink or drugs.

"Yet, as a society we seem to turn a blind eye to the carnage. If this was any other area of public health there would be an outcry.

"This is about ensuring their long-term safety and mobility. Not curtailing it."

Edmund King, president of motoring organisation the AA, said the proposals were addressing the problem of young drivers in the "wrong way".

"You should prepare young drivers to be safe when they get their licence rather than give them their licence and then restrict them," he told BBC's Breakfast.

He said he would like to see mandatory lessons on motorways, in rural areas and in bad weather, and warned of the problems of policing the restrictions such as carrying young passengers.

Currently drivers in England, Scotland and Wales need to pass a theory test, then a practical test before they can apply for a full driving licence. The minimum age to hold a full car licence is 17, or 16 for some people claiming mobility benefit.

OCTOBER 6TH SLYDE

A VERY SUCCESSFUL DAY AT SLYDE IN COLCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB ESSEX YOUNG DRIVERS WITH 133 UNDER 17s, LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR NEXT SESSION 3RD NOVEMBER

Learner drivers warned about extra charges

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is advising customers to avoid copycat websites and save money by coming to the agency directly.

Booking a driving test online
GOV.UK is the only official driving test booking website

Copycat websites offer to book theory and practical driving tests, and can appear to be the official agency, but charge a premium for their services.

Some websites also charge for ‘pass protection’ with the promise of a free re-test that very few customers would ever qualify to use.

Some companies charge up to £30 for just booking a test, on top of the driving test fee itself.

Save money by booking direct

Coming to DSA directly can save money and gives you instant confirmation of your driving test appointment.

A theory test costs £31 and a practical test costs £62
A car theory test costs £31 and a practical test costs £62 when booked through the official website; all driving test costs are at www.gov.uk/driving-test-cost

Alastair Peoples, DSA Chief Executive, said:

It’s unacceptable that some of these websites try to trick learner drivers into paying an extra fee to book their driving test.

We’ve already taken action with Trading Standards and the Advertising Standards Authority to make sure that they don’t use official logos, trademarks or make misleading claims. We continue to monitor these sites and explore new ways to counteract activities.

Misleading consumers

In response to complaints from DSA, the Advertising Standards Authority has ordered a number of websites to remove wording that could mislead consumers into thinking they were using the official booking service.

Last month (July 2013), the website book-theory-test-online.co.uk was fined £85,000 by premium rate phone regulator Phone Pay Plus for ‘very serious’ breaches of its code.

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OVER HEAD VIEW OF OUR UNDER 17 VENUE

 

We are very lucky that we get to use such an amazing venue at Colchester United Football Stadium in essex for our Under 17s driving lessons where we have full use of all the areas which makes for a fantastic opportunity and fun way in learning to drive for anybody that is 14 years old or above. We operate normally the 1st sunday of every month but please check out our calendar dates for our Under !7s Driving for 2013

OUR UNDER 17S TEAM WERE A MAJOR PART OF THE ESSEX CUSTOM VEHICLE SHOW AT COLCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL STADIUM

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We attended the 1st custom car and bike show at Colchester Football Stadium on 15th september where we had 3 of our Streetlife Driving School Team offering Free driving lessons on the day and what a success it turned out to be the show was amazing with lots of hot roads and custom vehicles and the driving had a cue all day. Really looking forward to the next one.

Young drivers given training opportunity in Inverness

Car dealer group Macrae & Dick will be running an open day on 18 August 2013 to launch their partnership scheme with the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) – the Young Driver Support Programme. The event will offer the opportunity for young drivers to take part in an observed drive with a qualified IAM observer. After their assessment, drivers will receive feedback not only from their IAM observer, but also via black box technology, giving participants an idea of how good their driving ability truly is.

The event will be held at the Macrae & Dick Toyota Centre in Inverness.

Ultimately, the objective of the event is to encourage young drivers to sign up to the scholarship programme, whereby Macrae & Dick will sponsor participants to take an Advanced Driving course with IAM. The open day also aims to draw in young drivers and their parents from the surrounding area to participate in the range of activities offered on the day, such as a vehicle maintenance tutorial or the eco-driving challenge.

Local MSP David Stewart will also be attending the event, as well as taking part in a test drive himself. Over the past few years, David has taken a great interest in young driver support, and has been campaigning for a graduated licence scheme for much of his time in office.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “After they have stripped away the L-plates, new drivers need to gain as much experience as possible to prepare them for driving independently – something which further training can really help with.”

Andrew Grzesinski, Group Managing Director, Macrae & Dick said: ‘We are delighted to be working with the IAM to provide young people with the opportunity to improve their driving skills and become safer drivers. We look forward to welcoming these young people and their families to the event at our Toyota Centre in Inverness

THIS IS A MUST WATCH JORDAN BONE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nZcPcMe6nk

FIXERS ROAD SAFETY EVENT

On Wednesday 4th September Karl and Gary will be attending the fixers road safety event in Westminster, it will consist of a panel of young people all whom have worked with Fixers.

We shall be filming much of the event to use as part of a short news documentary for ITV regional news shows across the country, going out in mid-September.

Watch this space for news on how the meeting went and when it will be on television.

UNDER 17S DRIVING BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Young Drivers of Essex can now learn to drive from the age of 14+ at our specially adapted circuit at Colchester football stadium running the 1st sunday of every month.

We can also make it a special birthday treat by having your friends attend with you and everybody can learn to drive a brand new car with a fully qualified dsa driving instructor.

We have lots of different birthday driving packages so just let us know the numbers attending and your budget then leave the rest up to us.

Contact via this website or 01206581020

New rules when renewing your tax disc

Since 17 July 2013, when you renew your vehicle tax or when your new car is taxed for the first time, you now have up to 14 days to display the new tax disc on the vehicle. Under the old rules, you had just 5 days to do this.

For renewals, this extended period will only apply when your application to renew your tax disc is made before the previous one expires. If the application is made after the current disc expires, then the vehicle will be treated as untaxed and the 14 day rule will not apply.

Young driver survey

Young driver insurance firm Marmalade has released details of a young driver survey ahead of the green paper release. Marmalade MD Crispin Moger said: ‘It is vital decision makers listen to young people and take on board their views and attitudes.’

84% would not support a ban on carrying passengers


60% not in favour of 11pm-5am driving restriction

91% say yes to alcohol ban



70% say 12-month minimum learning period would not have made them better drivers

'One in five' young drivers uninsured

New figures seen exclusively by Newsbeat show more than one in five 17 to 20-year-olds is not covered.

According to the Motor Insurers' Bureau, which represents insurance companies, that means there are 243,000 illegal young drivers.

That is compared with one in every 20 cars nationally.

Two years ago 21-year-old Gary Street was hit by an uninsured driver doing 30mph (48km/h).

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Young drivers statistically are a bad risk, they are. They are many times more likely to have an accident

Ashton West, Chief Executive of the Motor Insurers' Bureau 
Have Your Say: Have you been affected by an uninsured driver? 
"I was travelling through Manchester city centre on my way to work when a car hit me from behind as I was stationary," he said.

"I was sent off into the other side of the road, the airbags went off, the seat belts imploded. The car was in quite a state to be honest."

The crash left Gary with neck and back injuries, in quite a lot of pain and he was out of action for over a month.

But because the other driver had no insurance Gary was hit hard in the pocket too.

He said: "I had no other option but to claim on my own insurance which came to a cost of £900 excess.

"I lost my no claims bonus and obviously it's costing me more now to insure my car."

Police use ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras to scan hundreds of cars every few minutes when officers are out on patrol.

Power to arrest 
They can check if a car has a current MoT certificate, a valid tax disc and if the driver is insured or not.

Chief Inspector Richard Joyce from Surrey police recently carried out a joint operation with officers from Kent and Sussex on the M25 in Surrey.

Traffic Motor insurers say the issue of uninsured drivers needs tackling 
He said: "We have the power to stop, question, and in some cases, arrest drivers without insurance.

"The consequences for them can be anything from a fine, to points on their licence to having their car scrapped."

Sam, 22, from Kent got caught driving his 1.2 litre hatchback without insurance when he was 18.

He said: "I was driving without insurance because basically I couldn't afford it, the cost was too high.

"I knew I should have had it but I also knew I was a good driver and I was safe."

Driver risk 
But Ashton West, chief executive of the Motor Insurers' Bureau which represents the insurance industry, disagrees.

He says the cost of covering young drivers is not just down to what type of car they drive - it's normally down to the risk the driver poses on the roads.

He said: "Young drivers statistically are a bad risk, they are. They are many times more likely to have an accident."

With so many young drivers on the roads illegally without cover, insurance companies, the police and motorists all say something needs to be done to tackle the problem.

Gary thinks he has the answer: "If insurance wasn't so expensive for young drivers, it would encourage people to actually have the insurance.

"Then if you didn't have the insurance I think the consequences of the law should be a lot tougher."

AUGUST 11TH

OUR NEXT SLYDE UNDER 17s DRIVING DAY IS THE 17TH AUGUST, THE PRESENTATION WILL BE TAKEN BY THE ESSEX POLICE. THERE IS LIMITED AVAILABILITY TO BOOK CLICK LINK BOOK NOW

THANKS TO JORDAN BONE

A massive thanks to Jordan Bone and fixers who came down to SLYDE to speak to all 130 kids and their parents about her terrible accident which she broke her neck and was paralysed from the chest down and left in a wheelchair, feed back from the parents and kids was amazing which will hopefully make the young drivers alot safer in the future. please click on this link to see her interview.

http://thecircular.org/interview-with-jordan-bone-about-road-safety-and-positivity-and-her-work-with-fixers-uk/

BOOK YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY NOW !!!!

THIS SUNDAY 28TH JULY WE HAVE 3 BIRTHDAY PARTY'S BOOKED IN. PLEASE CALL US FOR INFORMATION

SUNDAY 28TH JULY

ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT !!!! JUST BOOK ONLINE !!!

GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING ON IMPROVING SAFETY ASSOCIATED WITH YOUNG DRIVERS

The government has announced a green paper on improving safety and reducing the risk associated with young drivers.

The paper itself is set to be published in June, starting a lengthy period of debate and discussion about what should be done.

We are actively engaging with the government and key organisations to ensure that ADI instructors have their say in this important consultation.

Among the proposals being considered are:

  • A minimum learning period before candidates are permitted to sit the test 
  • Enabling learner drivers to take lessons on motorways, perhaps during adverse weather conditions or during darkness to encourage greater practice prior to taking a test 
  • Increasing the existing probationary period from two to three years for a new driver’s licence to be revoked if they receive six or more penalty points 
  • Making the driving test more rigorous to better prepare learners to drive unsupervised 
  • Incentives for young drivers to take up additional training after passing their test 
  • Temporary restrictions on newly qualified drivers

MOBILE PHONE TEXTING FINE TO DOUBLE

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that fines levied on drivers caught texting behind the wheel will double to £90. You will also still receive 3 penalty points, despite calls from the Metropolitan Police commissioner for an increase. McLoughlin likened the use of a mobile phone to drink-driving, which he said had become socially unacceptable.

Professor Stephen Glaister, said that the higher fine had to come with better enforcement With texting whilst driving causing more problems to concentrate than being at the drink-drive limit or under the influence of cannabis, the police need to target the large number of motorists continuing to break the law.

CHANGES TO DRINK DRIVING MEDICAL

Being caught over the legal drink drive limit has now changed how drink-driving offenders will get there licence back, They will now have to pass a medical before they are allowed to get back behind the wheel, says the Department for Transport.

Existing rules have a loophole, where although drivers need to take a medical before getting a new driving licence, they are allowed to drive as soon as they have applied for their licence.

Road safety minister Stephen Hammond said: ‘These changes will tighten up the law on drink driving and will mean that the most dangerous offenders will have to prove they are no longer dependent on alcohol before they are allowed to get back behind the wheel

HAVING TELEMATICS FITTED TO YOUR CAR CAN SAVE YOU UP TO 12% ON YOUR INSURANCE

Having your car insured with telematics insurance policies will save young drivers an average of 12% on their premiums, according to research by MoneySupermarket.com.

They looked at millions of insurance quotes and saw that nearly a third of 17-19-year-olds were being offered the choice of a telematics policy, which would save an average of £201 on a standard policy.

Telematics is a black box that is fitted to your car to monitor your driving and give insurers a greater knowledge and also it can influence your driving behaviour as you will be more aware that your driving is being monitored. ‘

NEW PENALTIES ON DRIVING LAWS

New penalties to tackle tailgating and middle lane hogging 

  • Careless drivers who put other road users at risk face on-the-spot penalties under new measures announced by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond. 
  • The changes will give the police powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving, giving them greater flexibility in dealing with less serious careless driving offences - such as tailgating or middle lane hogging - and freeing them from resource-intensive court processes. 
  • The fixed penalty will also enable the police to offer educational training as an alternative to endorsement. Drivers will still be able to appeal any decision in court. 
  • Existing fixed penalty levels rising to £100 
  • In addition, existing fixed penalty levels for most motoring offences - including using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt - will rise to £100 to bring them into line with the penalties for similar non-motoring fixed penalties.

SIR BOB RUSSELL ATTENDS YOUNG DRIVER DAY

On Sunday 2nd june Sir Bob Russell kindly offered to come down and see what we are trying to do to improve the future safety in young drivers in Essex, We had the Essex air ambulance doing an amazing presentation and had 127 students in attendance which made for a very amazing day. Our next event is 28th july check out the dates for further events

SUMMER IS HERE COME AND ENJOY YOUNG DRIVERS EXPERIENCE IN ESSEX

Now that the summer has arrived and the kids are broken up from school why not bring them over to Colchester United Community Football Stadium for one of our Young Drivers Days In Essex. We have pupils coming from all over Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire and with most days having around 120 pupils its a very popular day. Check out our testimonials and our promo video of the day. We look forward to seeing you. Just book on our website then enjoy

WELL DONE FREDDIE GALLAGHER

CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING YOUR TEST ANOTHER PUPIL TO PASS IN A SHORT TIME THANKS TO UNDER 17s DRIVING SLYDE Check out testimonials

WELL DONE MATT LOWES

CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING YOUR TEST ANOTHER PUPIL TO PASS IN A SHORT TIME THANKS TO UNDER 17s DRIVING SLYDE Check out testimonials

LOCAL DRIVING SCHOOL SCOOPS MICHELIN’S TOP ROAD SAFETY CHAMPION AWARD

An Essex driving school is celebrating after winning the Michelin Road Safety Champion competition. Karl Rushen and Gary Lipman, who run Streetlife Driving School, scooped the title for going out of their way to make roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Michelin Award The competition judges selected Karl and Gary after being impressed with their dedication to educate young drivers about road safety. In September 2011, they set up Streetlife Young Driver Education (S.L.Y.D.E), which provides road safety education sessions and driving lessons to 15 and 16 year olds at Colchester United Weston Homes Community Stadium. The aim of S.L.Y.D.E is to encourage youngsters to learn about and adopt safe driving habits before they reach the legal age to drive.

Karl and Gary were presented with a trophy from the Michelin Man and the team from Michelin at the prize giving ceremony, which took place on Tuesday 29 January at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community stadium.

Reflecting on the win, Karl said: “It’s fantastic that our work and commitment to road safety has been recognised by the Michelin Road Safety Champion Awards. We hope this award will inspire others to drive improvements and make our communities safer.”

Michelin launched the campaign to find the UK’s top road safety champions to celebrate all the fantastic achievements and dedication of people who go out of their way to raise road safety standards and promote road safety to the general public. The awards provided an opportunity for members of the public to honour the contribution of exceptional people who promote road safety in their communities.

For more information, please visit www.michelinrespectforcommunities.com

HARD-HITTING TALKS TO SHOCK YOUNG DRIVERS

Teaching teens to be safe on the road - Published in The Gazette on November the 8th, 2012.

DRIVING has become part of everyday life. It is vital for getting around - and teenagers can't wait to learn.

But teenagers are both blessed and cursed with a misconception of their own invulnerability. Combined with inexperience, this can have tragic consequences.

A driving course is using graphic images and real-life experiences to shock a new generation of motorists into slowing down.

The StreetLife Young Driver Education scheme takes place at Colchester United's Weston Homes Stadium on the first Sunday of each month.

Teenagers, from 15-years-old, can have an actual driving lesson in the safe environment of the stadium car park.

But, before they are allowed behind the wheel, they are given a talk from a guest speaker warning them of the dangers of the road.

Guests have included police officers, paramedics, wheelchair-bound car crash victims and even bereaved parents who lost their children in road accidents.

StreetLife owners Karl Rushen and Gary Lipman want teenagers to see the real-life consequences of bad driving - even if those images are difficult to look at.

Mr Rushen, 33, said: "I know we won't change the world but these kids are still in the schooling frame of mind and can take on information.

"The people who speak to them are real people. The images we show are real. We didn't want actors and fake blood.

"I know as well that, their parents are standing at the back thinking 'I text while driving' or 'I sometimes go a bit fast'.

"The kids are here for the driving lessons, we know that. But they have to take in this information first."

Mr Rushen, of Tollesbury, has been a driving instructor for 13 years and owner of StreetLife for eight years. He is also a retained fireman in 
his home town and was inspired to run the classes after attending two fatal road crashes within a fortnight.

The Weston Homes Communiy Stadium offers an impressive venue, with its spacious conference room and giant TV facility.

A total of 85 youngsters turned up for the latest hour-long session and heard a talk from Essex Air Ambulance volunteers.

Volunteer Peter Hennessey gave them, and their parents, a history of road accidents. He showed shocking images of road crash victims, some alive and some not so lucky.

There were audible gasps during shocking video footage of a high-speed crash on an American highway.

In one particularly candid film, two reckless young drivers had mounted a camera inside a makeshift rally car which they took for a spin on some country roads. The audience drove with them as they careered into a lorry, their heads colliding during the devastating impact.

Mr Hennessey said: "Young drivers are unlikely to be driving a modern car with all the safety features. They need to see these images."

The sessions, in association with Colchester United Football Club and supported by the Gazette, are a hit with the young attendees.

Abi Gosling, 16, from Tiptree, said: "You learn how to drive safely and the dangers of the road.

"We have had talks and seen videos of crashes and I think it will stop people driving too fast. I am enjoying it as well as learning."

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