ALMOST 200 teenagers were taken out for taster driver sessions at the NEC to raise their awareness of road safety.
Pupils from six Solihull secondary schools completed laps of a track which had been laid out specially on an empty car park.
As well as having the chance to get behind the wheel, the students were taught about the dangers of drink-driving and speeding.
The day-long sessions ended with a demonstration by Solihull Fire Station, which simulated a real-life road traffic accident.
It’s hoped this week’s road safety days, run by the borough council, police and other agencies, will hammer home the dangers that the teenagers should be aware of.
Between 2009-2011, 37 young drivers or passengers from around the borough (aged-17-25) were killed or seriously injured in collisions.
Laura Doyle from Young Driver, the company whose instructors took the teens out on the track, said road crashes were still the biggest killer of young people.
“This is about approaching them a little bit earlier, before they apply for a licence, and teaching them how to be safe and responsible on the roads,” she said.
“It’s like teaching someone a foreign language really; you wouldn’t want to start from scratch at 17.”