Renault is once again backing an award-winning safety scheme aimed at reducing the number of serious road accidents in the UK. Safety initiative CarKraft, based in the country’s fastest county of Northamptonshire, is helping to successfully cut the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents.
Renault’s backing for CarKraft is now in its eighth year and joins Northamptonshire Highways, Northamptonshire Police and Adrian Flux Insurance, in lending support to the popular free programme at Rockingham Motor Speedway and the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.
Tutors running the events between March and October are all highly qualified motoring professionals with years of experience in both motor racing and advance driving techniques. Each course is free of charge and offers drivers a dynamic mix of workshops, allowing them to experience driving on simulated, challenging conditions in a range of Renault cars, including Twingo, New Clio, Captur and All-New Mégane. It also explores the main causes of car crashes – failing to look/judge, excess and inappropriate speed, excess alcohol/drug driving and seat belt safety.
Drivers aged over 17 will be able to experience the effect of a loss of wheel traction to explore car control under extreme road conditions, and get an assessed drive on public carriageways with a police driver, who will give tips on advanced techniques.
The CarKraft driver improvement scheme is now in its 15th successful year and was originally aimed at young drivers aged 15 to 24 years old. It was awarded a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2006 and was shortlisted for the FirstCar Young Driver Road Safety Awards 2015 ‘Young Driver Campaign of the Year’. Since its inception, more than 8,000 people have benefited from the unique experience, which helped reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in Northamptonshire to an all-time low in 2011. The figures continue to go down and last year saw an 18% fall in deaths on the county’s roads and an encouraging 24% reduction in young driver casualties.
In 2014, CarKraft expanded to include non-drivers between the ages of 15 and 25 and licence holders of all ages from anywhere in the UK. The schemes have been hugely popular, regularly over-subscribed and have attracted numerous best practice visits by other local authorities.
Keith Millard, a Road Safety Officer with Northamptonshire Highways, said: “We are very pleased to be able to work with Renault UK and their continued support with our award winning event has helped in a continuing fall in young driver casualty numbers in Northamptonshire in 2016. There are a few driver places left for this Saturday’s event and we would encourage anyone interested in improving their driving skills to book a place”.
CarKraft event calendar:
Saturday 18th March – Rockingham
Sunday 23rd April – Silverstone
Saturday 10th June – Rockingham
Sunday 24th September – Silverstone
Saturday 21st October – Rockingham
To book, or for more information, visit www.carkraft.info or call 07583 078058.
About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling more than 3.18 million vehicles in 125 countries in 2016, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,000 sales outlets and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its three brands, Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan. With a new team in Formula 1 and a strong commitment to Formula E, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.
In the UK, Groupe Renault UK has nearly 160 dealers selling the range of Renault cars, LCVs and Dacia. Groupe Renault UK sales outgrew the UK vehicle market during 2016, with sales totalling 137,506 vehicles – up 8 per cent on 2015. Renault UK was voted number one in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power survey for dealer satisfaction.
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