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diane smallDiane Matheson, of Inverness, believes parents should take more responsibility for their children being able to drive. She said: “Parents will pay others to teach their children how to drive without accepting that it is up to them to teach them as well.”

rory-smallLuck was on his side when just one week after passing his driving test, novice driver Rory Paterson managed to walk away from a collision which left his car smashed in two pieces. “I collided with a van at a junction around eight o’clock on a summer night around one mile from my home,” said student Rory, of Edinburgh.

grant“It only took me 12 hours of lessons to pass my driving test. I was lucky to have some lessons with my dad before I turned 17 on private land. This helped me to get up to a test standard quickly and in turn saved me a lot of money.

I was very nervous whilst taking my test but managed to pass with only 6 minors. Very quickly afterwards I found myself getting confident behind the wheel and I started to drive long distances and on different types of roads.”

RobIt is every parent’s worst nightmare. I was at work when my wife, Kim, called to tell me our son Rob was being airlifted to hospital by Surrey Air Ambulance after a terrible crash.

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