Kilsyth Academy pupils have become test pilots for a new scheme designed to save the lives of young drivers.
Helped by young Scottish racing driver Christie Doran, they took part in “smart” training under the Good Egg driving scheme – making them among the first pupils in Scotland to get involved.
North Lanarkshire is the first council in Scotland to adopt the special one hour schools programme, which aims to deal with the fact that a shocking one in five of new drivers aged 17 to 24 are involved in a collision within six months of passing their test.
And an average of 18 young drivers or passengers are killed or seriously injured on Scotland’s roads every week.
Students completing the training session compete in a quiz to win tickets to see Christie race at Knockhill racing circuit, as well as entering a prize draw to win a car.
Among the main messages delivered by the course are thec risk to life posed by people who drive while using drink or drugs .
Some vehicles now come with a “key” which can be used to set a top speed for a car, but even that does not cut out dangerous driving.
Christie Doran, still just 18, has two years’ experience in Triumph TR8 and the BMW Compact Cup and wants to be the first Formula One female racing driver.
She said: “There is a time and a place for speed - and it is not on our roads. I am delighted to be involved with The Good Egg as I wanted to help highlight devastating consequences when drivers my age get it wrong on the roads.
“However, we also want to show that there is a positive side to young drivers. Most are sensible. They are the role models.”
Good Egg chief executive Jan James said today: “On the track, Christie drives at the limits of her vehicle’s performance.
“She knows all about speed, and she knows about safety and responsibility.
Hev added: “She is the ideal person to be getting young drivers to think seriously about safety, and to realise just how much they take their lives in their hands when they get behind the wheel.
“Christie is an inspiring person.
“I am convinced that students will come out of these sessions determined to drive right, and to save their lives and the lives of other road users and passengers.”