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Road safety information for drivers

Drivers under 25 years old make up a high proportion of road casualties. This page provides information about the courses available from Cheshire West and Chester Council and other organisations aimed at educating young drivers.

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Advanced driving

The Cheshire West and Chester Council Road Safety team supports the Institute of Advanced Motorists ‘Skills for Life’ programme which provides the opportunity to improve driving technique, increase ability and confidence and improve safety on the road. It has many benefits: improving knowledge, awareness, concentration and car handling skills.

For more advanced levels of driving visit the local Institute of Advanced Motorists.

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Driving is not just about being able to handle a car and deal with traffic it is about dealing with yourself when you have friends in your car; are late for appointments; are feeling tired and stressed. How do you as novice driver deal with this?

The process is simple, learner drivers will receive special tuition on issues such as peer pressure, tiredness, distraction, seat belts, medication, alcohol and drugs. Our specialist Engage instructors take part in targeted training to make sure they can provide the extra support young drivers need.

The Cheshire West and Chester Council Road Safety team have joined the North West Engage Programme to help young people not just to pass their test but to be better drivers.

More information and a list of registered Engage instructors can be found on the Engage Driving website.


Up to a third of all road crashes in any one year involve someone driving on company business. Smartdrive is a flexible course for companies and organisations run by the Road Safety Team. An hour long Smartdrive Driving Assessment can be arranged by the Road Safety Team by a qualified approved driver trainer – a charge is made for the assessment.

The two-hour theory workshop session encourages course members to take part in discussions and exercises on defensive driving techniques, hazard awareness and risk perception. An optional one-hour driving assessment can follow the workshop or be taken on a separate date.

Driving assessments are available for individual bookings by members of the public who would like to refresh their driving skills.

Road Skills Experience

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The one-day Road Skills Experience is a mixture of discussion and practical driving designed for maximum benefit whilst having a great time. Working on a personal level, the course will provide the very latest hints, tips and advice on driving techniques for people under the age of 25 with a full driving licence. For further information email our roads skills experience team.

Minibus Driver Assessment Scheme

All drivers who wish to drive a minibus on behalf of the council must attend the Cheshire Minibus Driver Assessment Scheme (CMDAS), or a suitable alternative course. The CMDAS course comprises a briefing session and a practical driving assessment.

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