Sussex

Teenagers' driving course expands across West Sussex

A driving course for children aged between 14 and 17 is to be expanded across West Sussex.

The pre-licence training course has already been run at the Forest School in Horsham and will be held at the Littlehampton Academy during half term.

West Sussex County Council said it hoped to offer the course at other secondary schools in the near future.

Teenagers have the chance to drive a car under instruction on school grounds during the course.

They also receive guidance on applying for a driving licence, buying car insurance and choosing a driving instructor.

Sara Hopkins, from the Littlehampton Academy, said: "This is such a great 'taster' to offer the students, with the safety net of being on the school site."

Councillor Lionel Barnard, deputy council leader and highways and transport spokesman, said: "It's important we do our best to encourage the next generation of motorists to be as safe and responsible as possible."

The course is run by county council road safety officers.

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