Touch The Car Competition as part of the New Driver NI Safe Motoring presentation gives £1,000 to local Dungiven school.

New Driver NI is a community interest company that aims to educate all new drivers and passengers on making good motoring decisions.

The company’s representative usually visits sixth form year students in schools each year to deliver a safe-motoring presentation and offer advice to all new young drivers.

Stephen Savage, Project Manager at New Driver Safety Ambassadors commented “The programme has run for over six years now and is growing each year, however as we are faced with Covid 19 restrictions we decided to move our safe-motoring presentation online. This makes it easily accessible to all schools and their pupils across Northern Ireland.”

Dungiven school win £1,000

New Driver NI ran a competition for all schools across Northern Ireland to win a £1,000 cash prize. St. Patrick’s College Dungiven were the lucky winners of the recent School Competition. Mr Mervin McMullan (Head of Sixth form) is pictured receiving a cheque of £1000 from Mr Stephen Savage from New Driver NI.

Mr McMullan was delighted for the school to win the competition and stated that “the prize money would be spent on the pupil’s wellbeing once restrictions have been eased.”

Dungiven school wins £1000 - New Driver NI

Each year students are given a New Driver magazine which is packed with useful information for anyone who is starting out on the road for the first time. Whether you are looking for tips on how to pass your test, buying your first car, getting insurance or maintaining your car, the New Driver NI magazine has it all.

This year New Driver NI have made their magazine available online and have an enticing ‘Touch The Car Competition’ for all young people in education to enter. The prize is kindly sponsored by CRASH Services and JMK Solicitors, and one lucky participant will receive a new Dacia Sandero Access SCe 75* and a cash amount of up to £1000 towards their insurance.

Students are also asked to sign the New Driver pledge which commits them to respect the speed limit, never using mobile devices while driving, never ever drive under the influence of drink or drugs, always wear a seat belt and be aware that driving when tired can kill!

Mr Savage commented “Too many young people are still losing their lives or being seriously injured on the roads across Northern Ireland.  We want to see these figures reduce every year.  We have set an ambitious target to get 5,000 pledges this year and we have made a good start.”

Jonathan McKeown, CEO at CRASH Services said “We are delighted to be able to support New Driver Safety Ambassadors.  As an accident management company, we feel there is real importance to educating young people on the importance of safe motoring as they progress into driving for the first time. We also feel the advice and support that New Driver provide is excellent in nurturing their journey from getting started, right through to tips and advice for their vehicles, scenarios and weather conditions.”

The programme is completely free for schools as funding is provided by DFI Road Safety Grant Scheme Causeway Coast and Glen PCSP, and by corporate sponsors including, CRASH Services, Hankook Tyres, AB&C Insurance, DriveTech UK, and JMK Solicitors.  We have also been assisted by a further four Policing and Community Safety partnerships.

If you are a secondary school pupil and want to enter our competition to win a new car in our Touch The Car Competition – Simply watch our safe motoring presentation and answer the questions correctly.