Advanced Motorists' safety day

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:05 22 October 2010

Norfolk advanced drivers are holding a road safety day in July as part of their double anniversary celebrations.

Norfolk advanced drivers are holding a road safety day in July as part of their double anniversary celebrations.

The Norfolk and Norwich Group of Advanced Motorists is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year while the Institute of Advanced Motorists, to which it is affiliated, has been encouraging safer driving for 50 years.

The road safety day on Sunday, July 9 starts at 10am at the Harford Park and Ride at the junction of the A140 Ipswich Road and Norwich Southern Bypass. It will be opened by Norfolk Chief Constable Carole Howlett at 11am.

The event will raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Norfolk Accident Rescue Service doctors.

There will be various manoeuvrability courses using an assortment of vehicles supplied by locals companies.

Depending on what their driving licence allows, visitors will have the chance to drive two delivery vans and a 7.5 tonne van provided by Advance van hire while Norfolk Training Services is bringing instructors and an 18-tonne lorry, a 42-tonne juggernaut and a 16-seater minibus. There will also be the chance to manoeuvre a Caravan Club caravan using a Kia Sorento towcar from Norfolk Motor Group.

There will also be a children's cycling proficiency course with bikes loaned by Streetlife cycle retailer advice and instruction on cycle maintenance from Norfolk County Council's road safety team, while Norfolk Fire Service and the Ambulance Service will be on hand to advise on home safety and first aid and will be giving crash rescue demonstrations. The police will also be attending to give road safety advice for car drivers and motorcyclists.

Members of the local advanced motorcyclists' group are also supporting their four-wheel colleagues and there will be displays by motorcycle dealers.

Visitors will also be able to find out more about how to become an advanced driver and there will be also information about its young driver courses for 17 to 25-year-olds.

And younger visitors can have a go at driving remote-control cars which are being brought to the event by Kellers.

As part of the celebration there will be a small display of vehicles covering buses, cars and lorries from the past 50 years.

Although parking and admission is free, there will be a charge to take part in the manoeuvrability courses.

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