Paddy Hop­kirk is new driv­ing am­bas­sador

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Rally leg­end Paddy Hop­kirk has be­come an am­bas­sador for ma­ture driv­ers for one of the UK’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent road safety char­ity.

The In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Mo­torists (IAM) has in­vited Paddy to pro­mote its Ma­ture Driver’s As­sess­ment, which is hop­ing to give older mo­torists more con­fi­dence in their driv­ing skills.

The as­sess­ment in­volves a one-off 60-minute ses­sion in the driver’s own ve­hi­cle, ad­min­is­tered by a qual­i­fied as­ses­sor. It will give an over­view of any ar­eas of the can­di­date’s driv­ing that might need im­prov­ing, as well as any ar­eas of con­cern. There is no pass/ fail rat­ing at the end, but ev­ery can­di­date will re­ceive a writ­ten re­port of how they have per­formed.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the man who won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper fared ex­tremely well on the

Rac­ing leg­end Paddy Hop­kirk MBE.

as­sess­ment, with no ad­vi­sories. ‘I am de­lighted to be in­volved with the IAM,’ says Paddy. ‘Our joint goal is to bring down the num­bers of peo­ple killed and in­jured on the road.’

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