Published on Monday, 16th April 2018
A new campaign to help young drivers stay safe and ‘drive well’ will launch in Maldon with a free car event on Saturday 5th May between 6:30pm and 11pm at Maldon Fire Station.
The event is being organised by Essex Fire and Rescue service, Essex Police and Maldon District Council and is open to all drivers and young people.
Young drivers can bring their cars to Maldon Fire Station on Saturday evening, with a range of free vehicle checks, driving challenges, free food and competitions available.
Everyone who attends will be given a voucher for discounted vehicle repairs, tires and driving lessons and have the chance to win 2 RiZe Festival Tickets and a new Car with #MySmallChange.
There will also be demonstrations from Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue service, showing their latest equipment. Young drivers can put their driving skills to the test in a Subaru driving simulator and test their speed control against the new TruCams.
Cllr Mark Durham, Leader of Maldon District Council said “The event should be really entertaining for young drivers as well as a good way for our emergency services to convey important messages to young people. A lot of young and newly qualified drivers understandably enjoy the freedom driving brings, but too often are unaware of the risks.
The Council has been working proactively with Essex Police to tackle nuisance drivers. This event is a good way for drivers to save money and check they are not breaking the law with modifications, it also supports the Council’s objective to help people to be safe and deal with anti-social behaviour.”
The event will be attended by Ben Wilson a young driver who narrowly escaped from a near fatal crash. The remains of his crashed car will also be at the event.
Prizes and free vouchers will be available from Quest Motors, Super Tires and Supreme Driving School.
The event will be supported via a social media and information campaign using #DriveWell #Maldon