National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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 Drive Doctors FAQs

Follow our simple Q&A to find out more about booking on a bespoke YFC Drive Doctors course

Q: What will I learn on the course?

Drive Doctors’ courses allow you to experience challenging road scenarios in total safety. Forty percent of accidents involve vehicles in a skid situation and this course will teach you how to use the technology in your own car to help prevent an accident.

A professional instructor, and experienced racing drivers, will take you on a wet grip surface, which simulates mud, ice and snow and teach you how best to control your car. All the skills you gain will help prepare you for real life on the roads.

Q: When and where is it? 

The taster programme lasts for approximately two and a half hours. There are currently two locations for the course:

Midlands

The course takes place at the Prodrive centre in Kenilworth and activities start at 1.30pm, but you will need to be at the site by 1pm to have your car checked over.
Location:Prodrive Performance Centre, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1NR.

Date: 8th June 2013

South West

The course takes place at Dunkerswell Airfield near Honiton in Devon and starts at 11am.

Location: Dunkerswell Airfield, near Honiton, Devon, EX14 4LG

Date: 23rd June 2013

Q: Will I need to do anything before I go?

Once you have booked your place, you will be asked to fill out a short online survey so the Drive Doctors team can tailor the course to your needs.

The survey will also help the Federation gather information about young driver attitudes to show how the Drive it Home campaign is making changes.
All the information gathered in the survey will be treated confidentially. 

Q: Why should I take part?

We all learn the basics of driving, but when you are faced with a dangerous skid situation do you know what to do? This brilliant course, run by enthusiastic
and professional young racing drivers, helps give you the skills and confidence to know what to do in a difficult situation, and try and avoid it in the first place. 

Q: Do I need to take anything?

You will get the most out of your Drive Doctors’ experience if you are able to bring your own car and learn about the features of your vehicle.
You will also need to bring your driving licence and wear shoes you are comfortable driving in. If you are unable to bring your own car and are planning to share a car with friends, you will be able to use their car on the wet grip activity.  If you have third party insurance and the car owner’s permission, you will also be able to use
their car on the road tuition.

Q: What will happen on the day?

When you arrive you will be met by the Drive Doctors’ team and taken to the test track. After a short briefing and a check over your car, groups will be taken to either
the Wet Grip area or a classroom session. Each member will receive a ‘medical card,’ which you will be able to use to track your progress throughout the day. 
The Breakdown of the day is:

  • Students will enjoy a one-hour group session on the Wet Grip activity to learn how to control the vehicle on conditions similar to mud, snow and ice. The session is also designed to teach you how to use your Anti-Lock braking System and Electronic Stability Programme.
  • There will be a 45-minute workshop where you will learn how to maintain, look after and develop your car to keep you and your vehicle as safe as possible. This session will be carried out by someone with motorsport experience.
  • There will also be 45 minutes spent out on rural roads or on the 4x4 off-road circuit* (*depends on numbers of participants). On rural roads you will be taught to improve concentration and reaction times, how to spot hazards and deal with sharp bends in your vehicle. The off-road section is ideal for learning how to handle your vehicle in rural conditions.

Q. How much does it cost?

Courses are subsidised by NFU Mutual and are half price at £45 (RRP £99), however do contact the NFYFC office for latest offers.


Q: How do I book?

If you are interested in booking on a course or would like further details, contact christina.evans@nfyfc.org.uk or call 02476 857227.




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