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Extra safety lessons for young drivers

The driving test is facing its most radical changes. Within the next few weeks the Government will consult on measures that would make young learners spend much more time practising and experience conditions like night and motorway driving.

It comes as alarming figures show young drivers are now responsible for hundreds of deaths and thousands of serous injuries a year.

So how will the measures help? The Under 17 Car Club (U17CC) teaches young people to drive from the age of 11 years old. It's a charity based in the Meridian region and research shows if youngpeople get more experience they are less likely to be involved in accidents or get convictions.

The U17CC promotes safe driving skills and attitudes through a programme of voluntary pre-licence driver development events.

Well this year we're following the work of the club. Members also visited the Thatcham Motor Research Centre to look at the safety work they do and the cars of the future.

In this report from our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse we talk to Oliver Lambert, aged 12, from Hampshire, Rhiannon Bailey, aged 16, from Reading and Sydney Austin, also 16, who lives near Heathrow. Shaun Cronin is from the club and Iain Wallace from Thatcham Research Centre.

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