Under 17 Motor Club Northwest (U17MC-NW)
In a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) titled “Young Driver-The Road to Safety” some
of the conclusions and recommendation were.
Young Drivers are 5 times more like to crash the car than an experienced driver. The greatest
risk faced by a young novice driver is in the period immediately following obtaining a licence for
solo driving. Studies have noted that those who practiced more before passing a driving test
have a lower crash rate. Training should be conducted in such a manner as to allow young,
novice drivers to attain high levels of experience before solo driving. Pursue educational
programmes and campaigns at an early stage, well before young people actually start driving,
to actively encourage children to adopt safe attitude towards driving.
The U17MC North West has evolved over many years of motor sport activity (30+ by some on the committee),
with several partners working together for a common goal - to help educate young riders & drivers.
We hope to help young drivers be safe on the road and want to acquire safe driving skills.
Many countries have a Graduated Driving Licence (GDL) to limit some of the risk for young
drivers. Learning to drive takes lots of practice and time. The U17MC Northwest hope to allow
members to have up to three years driving practice before going on the road and then give
them encouragement to gain more driving skills once passing the driving test. They will also be
encouraged to help train the 14 to 17 year old young members. This will help them to confirm
the knowledge and give valuable “life” skills. Development of more opportunities at Motorsport
events has now removed the barriers to young drivers and they have several disciplines
available from the age of 14 years old.
Under 17 Motor Club Northwest (U17MC-NW)
This club will be a not for profit organisation working with partners to deliver courses. These may be
Training Providers, Road Safety Groups, Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents (RoSPA), MSA motor clubs and many others (the U17MC-Northwest is a MSA club in its own right).
This new club looks to build on the principles above and work with many partners to deliver
driving education to young persons and allow them to develop the skills and attitude to become
a safe driver. It is proposed that membership will be open to all at a very low fee (£5 per Adult
or family including all children under 21) addition costs will be for courses or sessions.
The Grades that the U17MC-northwest uses are listed below; they will incorporate assessments
to allow the upgrading of students.
U17MC Northwest Grade
|Advanced Adult||Adult with IAM RoSPA or “Blue light” trained|
|Advanced Driver||IAM or RoSPA|
|Pass Plus Extra||Pass Plus Extra|
|Driver **||DSA Test|
|Pre Driver 4 *||Autosolo (@ age 16)|
|Pre Driver 3||Production Car Autotest / Pre-Driver 3|
|Pre Driver 2||Pre-Driver 2|
|Pre Driver 1||Pre Driver/ Taster Session|
The driving courses available within the northwest by training providers who support the U17MC
Northwest will help to bring the skills of parents and the young person to that ofPre Driver 3.
Once a member is at Pre Driver 3 they can then gain extra practice at the many Production Car Autotests
throughout the northwest most months. There are 7 to 10 Production Car Autotests in the North
West from March to December each year these dates will be on the clubs website.
* In order to reach Pre Driver 4 a member must have attended two sessions from the following :
|• First on scene – It could happen to you|
|• First aid in Motorsport|
|• Fire Fighting extinguisher|
|• MSA Registered marshal|
** In order to reach the Driver grade the a2om on-line course should be completed (free) and attendance at
Driving skills for life course by the member & Parent or Guardian. Grade 2 Assessment will require this
Sessions forPre Driver & Pre Driver 2 can be booked on line by members. These will take place normally
in October, November, February and March Subject to demand, extra events can also take place if
Members will be responsible to keep a record of their training and development and when ready put
themselves forward for grade assessment/reassessment.