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Successful #DriveWell Maldon Event

Published on Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Dozens of drivers attended the #Drivewell event on Saturday 5th May at Maldon Fire Station.

As part of a campaign to help young drivers stay safe and ‘drive well’ the free car event was organised by Essex Fire and Rescue service, Essex Police, Maldon District Council and the Community Safety Partnership. It was open to all drivers and young people between 6:30 and 11pm.

A range of free vehicle checks, driving challenges, free food and competitions were available and everyone who attended was given vouchers for discounted vehicle repairs, tires and driving lessons and had the chance to win 2 RiZe Festival Tickets and a new Car with #MySmallChange.

There were also demonstrations from Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue service, showing their latest equipment. Young drivers put their driving skills to the test in a Subaru driving simulator and tested 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 was 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 to tackle anti-social behaviour.”

Prizes and free vouchers were available from Quest Motors, Super Tires, Supreme Driving School, JD Classics and McDonalds. Thanks also to Ben Wilson, a young driver who narrowly escaped from a near fatal crash. Ben and his father Robert along with the remains of his crashed car were at the event.

The event will be supported via a social media and information campaign using #DriveWell #Maldon