With an agreement between Goldcar and RACE, young people between the ages of 18 and 21 can hire a car

Madrid, January 19, 2017- The Royal Automobile Club of Spain and car hire company Goldcar have signed an agreement whereby all young drivers between the ages of 18 and 21, who take a course at the RACE Drivers' Academy - Red Bull, will have access to car hire in any of the Goldcar offices. This initiative aims, on the one hand, to improve the knowledge and training of young people with a theoretical - practical course, And, on the other hand, allow for the first time the rental of cars to this age group. The agreement, presented today at FITUR, includes another series of preventive actions aimed at foreign drivers who hire a vehicle in Spain with Goldcar.

In Spain, according to INE data, there are 1,295,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 20 years old (inclusive), of which 35.4% have a driving licence for a car and/or a motorcycle. However, this group could not access a vehicle hire. Until now. With the initiative of RACE and Goldcar, drivers between the ages of 18 and 21, who take a course in the RACE Drivers' Academy - Red Bull, can use the services of the car hire company and enjoy all its advantages, as any other drivers do. The agreement was presented today at FITUR, in the presence of the Goldcar CEO, Juan Carlos Azcona, Carlos Lancha, director of communication and marketing for RACE, and Juan Carlos González Luque, assistant deputy director of research of the DGT.

Why a road safety course? For both institutions training is one of the pillars for the prevention of accidents among young people. The Spanish Driver Observatory - DUCIT, a project of the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE), studied the opinion of more than 1,300 young people on issues such as their road training or perception about their safety in traffic. Among the conclusions, one noted that one in every two driving school pupils recognises that the courses they receive at the schools prepare them for the exam only, not for driving. With one in three young people between the ages of 18 and 29 surveyed acknowledging that, even if they pass the driving test in Spain, they will not be sufficiently prepared to take on the different situations they will face on the roads.

Vial Training, key in prevention

Lack of experience and a false sense of security, coupled with, and the need for, an improved level of learning, may increase the risk of a traffic accident. Knowing the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone, being aware of the effects of alcohol and drugs at the wheel, knowing how to act before losing control of a vehicle, maintenance ... are vital elements for a driver. Boosting and encouraging these initiatives will improve safety and prevention.

Along with the training of the youngsters, the agreement between RACE and Goldcar will include the publication of informative materials for foreign drivers. Published in different languages, tourists who rent a vehicle will receive a brochure with the main traffic regulations in Spain, as well as preventive advice. And in each vehicle, using QR codes to help with the main nationalities, customers can watch a video about traffic regulations in Spain with preventive advice to improve their safety.

The world´s first Red Bull Learning Centre

With more than 300 m2 of learning space, located in the Jarama Circuit, the RACE Drivers' Academy - Red Bull is the first Red Bull training centre in the world and has been created by RACE. Its teaching system incorporates a novel concept of training in which the student's participation is vital. Through its six different experiences, and the practical driving side, it is committed to teaching the risks through interactivity and by using the latest technology. In this way, 18 Spanish companies and institutions have already entrusted their road training to this pioneering centre in Europe.

The more than 1,400 students who have passed through since its launch in May 2016 have become ‘Drivers’ and have learned and reflected on some of the most common risk elements, such as alcohol and drugs, distraction, how to act before a skid, the importance of maintenance and safe circulation. Far from typical driving lessons, participants have learned to react to complicated situations to avoid an accident in an interactive and didactic way.

You can find more information on the website: www.driversacademy-race-redbull.es



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