TEENAGER Connor McAteer won a new Volkswagen Polo S after taking part in the Good Egg Drivers School programme, a UK wide initiative which helps young people become better safer drivers.
The 17-year-old from Cumbernauld was picked from thousands of entrants in the Good Egg young drivers’ competition and got the keys to the blue VW Polo when it arrived at Greenfaulds High school in front of his teachers, fellow students and the Good Egg Team.
Connor is still learning to drive and has his test booked for February 2016. On finding out he’d won the new car he said “I can’t describe the feeling of winning this…people only dream of getting such an amazing prize. I thought it was a wind up! The workshop was great – not just because I won a car –but because I learnt things I didn’t know about which will hopefully help me to pass my test when I take it and keep my licence once I get it! None of us knew about the different qualifications for driving instructors or that we are in such a high risk age group. I’d recommend Good Egg Drivers to any of my mates who are serious about learning to drive well.”
The car, donated by Arnold Clark, is part of a drive to raise awareness of road safety among young drivers and passengers - and the keys were handed over by The Scottish Sun Rookie Racer Christie Doran, who is also an ambassador for the programme.
Christie said: “It was a real buzz to be able to give away the car to Connor, especially after seeing him attend one of our popular workshops in his school.”
Campaign chief Jan James added: “We are delighted that Connor has won this. His school has been especially supportive of this programme and his teachers really impressed us with the emphasis they put on student pastoral care alongside good academic performance. Both are equally important.
Rigorous Independent evaluation has underlined the effectiveness and importance of this programme in helping tackle the unacceptable high number of young driver and passenger casualties on UK roads.
We had over 5,000 entries from young people this year and thanks to the generosity of our partners Arnold Clark we now have another new car to be won next year, which is one of the many great incentives we offer for young people to engage in this potentially life-saving programme”
Paddy Adler, PT Pupil Support and Work Experience, Greenfaulds High School said: “Having carefully evaluated the Good Egg Driver programme with our S6 students, they have told us that it has really helped to raise their awareness of safe driving practices. A lot of the students felt it gave them the confidence to tell a driver to slow down if they felt they were driving too fast and be able to explain why they felt that way, which is really very encouraging to hear.
We feel that it is extremely important that all students, not just at Greenfaulds, have this vital opportunity to raise awareness of the issues and help prevent avoidable death and injury caused through careless driving.
“Education across all age groups is a key part of the council’s road safety strategy, and the Good Egg Drivers School programme is an excellent way for our senior pupils to learn the skills they need to keep them safe on the roads,” said Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee. “Congratulations to Connor – I’m sure the lessons he learned on the programme will give him the skills to help pass his test and enjoy his new car.”
Eddie Hawthorne, Group Managing Director at Arnold Clark said: “Arnold Clark is very proud to help young drivers stay safe on the road through our support of the Good Egg Drivers Initiative. It is important that new drivers understand the risks and dangers that the roads present, and ensure that they protect their licence through safe and considerate driving at all times. We would like to offer our congratulations to Connor and wish him all the best for sitting his test in the coming months.”