Power Plus: Car Show Has Safety Theme for Young Drivers

The Birmingham Post (England), July 2, 2004 | Go to article overview

Power Plus: Car Show Has Safety Theme for Young Drivers


Byline: Neil Connor

The ultimate modified car event will be roaring into Birmingham today, but Max Power Live will be focusing on safety as well as speed and glamour.

The show, at Birmingham's NEC, will see its usual array of souped-up cars, racy women and madcap antics, but Max Power will also be launching an advanced driver project.

The Max Driver scheme, developed with the Institute of Advanced Motorists, encourages drivers to become more responsible by taking an advanced driving test.

The scheme, which is supported by West Midlands Police, will see motorists taking lessons in driving which could make them 70 per cent less likely to be involved in crashes than standard drivers.

Det Chief Insp Steve Anderson, from West Midlands Police, said: 'Dangerous and inconsiderate driving are areas where police and young motorists can come into conflict.

'They can inadvertently lead to traffic accidents which entail both personal and financial cost.

'The Max Driver scheme is a positive step towards reducing this behaviour and therefore one that we both welcome and support.'

Max Power editor-in-chief John Sootheran said: 'We created Max Driver to lower accident rates and insurance premiums. …

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