Monday, 15 August 2011


News from Renault WIRRAL

For immediate release: 15th August 2011

In a bid to reduce the number of serious road accidents in the area, Renault Wirral has got together with Merseyside Police.
Renault Wirral has stepped in and loaned a brand new Clio Renaultsport 200 to help officers at Bromborough Police Station train local drivers at a driving safety roadshow later this month.
This important event, at the police station on Village Road, will take place on Sunday, August 21 and will move drivers out of the classroom and put them behind the wheel to show first-hand how to drive with safety in mind.
Renault is widely known for leading safety excellence, and specially qualified officers will focus on improving hazard awareness and the skills of the drivers attending the event with the Renault vehicle.
Paul Mountford, a Sergeant with the Roads Policing Team at Merseyside Police said: “We want to get to the root of the problem by targeting the causes of serious accidents from behind the wheel as this will improve hazard awareness.
“People can come along and drive the Renault vehicle with an experienced officer who will teach them to see the potential dangers they may face and show how distractions can interfere with driving.
“The officers are trained to a very high standard and have the right amount of experience to point out things that everyday drivers may not notice. It is all about improving our attitude to driving.”
Sergeant Mountford said he believed many people felt they were experienced drivers just because they had passed their driving test. Others picked up bad habits behind the wheel later in life which the event will highlight and help to correct.
He said: “We will explain how little things like loud music in the car can become a distraction and also point out potential hazards, for example the position and movement of pedestrians”
Renault is committed to safety, and also runs a global programme aimed at educating young people on road safety , called Safety for All.
Mark Whitaker, General Manager of Renault Wirral, said he was very pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile event. “Safety on the road is always a major priority for Renault, as  the large number of models in our range with the maximum five-star EuroNCAP crash testing rating testifies”, he said. “We wanted to do something to help improve road safety on the Wirral and believe loaning a Clio Renaultsport 200 for educating drivers is an opportunity we couldn’t miss for such an important initiative.”

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