GOOD habits learned early and applied wisely can last a lifetime.
o It’s great to see a boost in road safety education with the expansion of a course for students aged 13-17.
And of all things on a racetrack. No, that doesn’t mean they will drive around like in a grand prix, it’s just safe to use for young people who obviously can’t drive on regular roads.
The course was developed by Mondello Park and the Irish School of Motoring.
Opel is now participating in the 2022 Early Drive road safety program.
The aim is to give young people valuable initial driving experience behind the wheel of an Opel Corsa.
Five Corsas, two of which are fully electric, were recently delivered in time for the new school year.
It costs €95 per person but a group discount applies for schools when multiple drivers are booked. No previous driving experience is required and courses are available for both individuals and school groups.
The aim is to “teach schoolchildren a general road safety awareness at an early age”. She wants to make sure they become safer pedestrians and cyclists, and ultimately safer drivers.
With a combination of practical work on the track and theoretical work off it, the course will be delivered in a fun, exciting and safe environment, according to the organisers.
A road-ready session includes theory test practice questions and a step-by-step guide to applying for a driver’s license.
But of course, the highlight of the day will be when participants can ‘drive’ a dual-control, zero-emission electric or petrol-automatic Opel Corsa around the famous track. Yes, of course there will be an instructor.
You will learn parallel parking, reversing, correct speed and braking techniques, precise throttle and steering control, spatial awareness and observation skills.
There is also a tour of the home of Irish motorsport since 1968. A tour of the impressive range of Le Mans, Nascar and Formula 1 cars in the Martin Birrane Collection is also available.
Mondello Park chief executive Roddy Greene said it was an “unforgettable” time for teenagers.
Richard Dillon of Opel Ireland said today’s young novice drivers may only drive an electric automatic car and they are excited to be part of that transition.
BMW leads anti-litter campaign for school children
BMW is working with Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (Voice) to offer a school-based rubbish collection program to primary school children.
Picker Pals wants to tackle the waste problem on several levels.
Up to 2,400 children in 100 classrooms will benefit from the environmental education program.
A ‘collection pack’ includes everything they need to collect rubbish and story/activity books in Irish and English. This pack will be taken home each week by a different child who is leading a family adventure of collecting rubbish in their local area.
Kealey takes on key position at Kia
CATHAL Kealey has big responsibilities to fill as he takes charge of Marketing and Public Relations at Kia Ireland.
He replaces the legendary Aidan Doyle, who is retiring in early October.
But Kealey, who was born in Offaly, has a wealth of experience in the automotive industry in product and marketing communications, having held management positions at Volkswagen, Skoda and Citroen.
He is an avid GAA enthusiast and former captain of the famous Kinnitty senior hurling team.
Don Brindley: a true gentleman
DON Brindley, who passed away this week, was a gentleman in every sense of the word.
We are all deeply saddened by his death. He was such an engaging man, always in a good mood and always up for a laugh.
He was a rare blend of personal kindness and professional excellence. For years, he was in charge of Opel’s brand PR with great enthusiasm – and there were also successful years.
Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends. REST IN PEACE.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/teens-on-track-for-safer-driving-with-lessons-at-mondello-park-41917484.html Teenagers on course for safer driving with lessons at Mondello Park