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Driver Courses To Cut Death Toll On The Roads

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7:55am 4th September 2013

A Dorset charity is calling on motorists to improve their driving skills or risk their lives on the road.

The advice from the Institute of Advanced Motorists comes after two people have been killed on the county's roads in the last two weeks.

The aim of the IAM is to get safer drivers on the road, observing and looking ahead to so they can anticipate accidents and hazards before they develop.

The charity is part of the local campaign No Excuse, run by Dorset Police, and people who attend their lectures can become Advanced Drivers, which in their words makes them above average drivers.

The series of free to attend safety lectures start running at County Hall tonight (Wednesday 4th September).

They continue on the 11th and 18th of September at the Council Chambers, starting at 6:45pm and lasting 2 hours - people should arrive 5 mins early to sign in.

Lectures are hosted by an ex-Police Driver and Examiner who comes with a wealth of experience in the field.

Secretary of Dorchester's Advanced Motorist group Jane Percy told Wessex-FM it's important to stay sharp on the road and the courses act as a great refresher that could save your life:

"Advanced driving is based on observation and safety. At these lectures you will learn to lift your head while you're driving so you don't just look at the car in front, but you're looking well ahead and you're better able to plan your drive and react to hazards."

"Nobody ever has a perfect drive. Our lecturer often makes reference to the world famous Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna -who tragically lost his life on the track - who was on a race track, no hazards, no kids, nothing ... And he never had a perfect drive. So what chance do we have?".

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