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First Gear / Momentum

Momentum is UK Youth's motor vehicle and road user education package, using young people's enthusiasm for cars and motorbikes as a way of engaging them in quality youth work. 
 
Momentum is made up of two elements - First Gear and On Two Wheels.  Both are training programmes for young people before they get a licence or their own transport.
 
The programme runs over a minimum of 30 hours and includes inputs from youth workers, a qualified driving instructor and an experienced mechanic.  There are also opportunities to involve representatives from Road Safety, the Police, the Health Board and local businesses.

 There are 3 main elements to First Gear and On Two Wheels:

  • In the Mind -   encouraging young people to consider the issues surrounding driving and vehicle ownership.
  • Under the Bonnet/Tank - where young people, under the guidance of a mechanic, learn about basic vehicle care and understand the importance of regular maintenance.
  • Behind the Wheel/Handlebars - a minimum of three hours basic driving tuition delivered by a qualified driving instructor. 

 

The programme encourages positive attitudes towards driving, promotes informed decision-making, and challenges popular stereotyping. 
 

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