The Root

The official blog of Carrot Insurance

25 May 2017

Fancy becoming the next Younger Driver Ambassador?


Having a voice on a large stage and being able to bring about positive and very real differences that benefit a whole load of people is an opportunity most of us can only dream about.

As a young driver insurer passionate about road safety, our eyes lit up when we were told that leading charity IAM RoadSmart is opening up an incredibly special chance just like this to the one young driver who manages to convince their Dragon’s Den-style panel, which will include a Formula 1 legend, that they’re the one for the job.

For the past year, IAM RoadSmart’s really important and influential position of Younger Driver Ambassador has been filled excellently by Eloise Peabody-Rolf, a keen member of the Under 17 Car Club, who passed her advanced driving test when she was 17, less than two months after passing the standard test. In this interview, Eloise explains what she’s been doing and how it’s been benefitting many of the UK’s younger drivers:

It’s time for Eloise to move on and for another young driver to take up the role as Ambassador from September 2017 until July 2018, so IAM RoadSmart has launched a competition called ‘Get In The Driving Seat’ to find their next road safety champion.

To apply, you’ll obviously need a full, clean driving licence for starters, before sending in a 500 word document explaining what you feel makes you ideal to be the next Younger Driver Ambassador who will be able to confidently speak on camera, in front of audiences and in social media videos, promoting the importance of safe driving. Applicants can submit a 2-minute video too, if they like, and applications need to get there by June 9th at the latest.

The young drivers who get through to the final stage of the ‘Get In The Driving Seat’ competition will have to pitch themselves in front of the panel including famous racing driver Nigel Mansell, First Car magazine’s founder, IAM RoadSmart’s CEO, and Eloise herself.

The charity is looking for someone dynamic and bold enough to be able to challenge authority with the aim of getting the government and various other motoring organisations to change their policies to keep young drivers and riders safer out there.

Based out of IAM RoadSmart’s HQ in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, the role will involve touring the country spreading the message to schools, colleges and other groups, along with attending and speaking at various exciting events, rubbing shoulders with celebs like Jodie Kidd and Tiff Needell.

Achieving this fabulous opportunity to represent young drivers, the most at-risk group of motorists, will be an amazing thing to be able to put on your CV and will put you in a great position when applying for future jobs. IAM RoadSmart’s Younger Driver Ambassador will receive a salary in return for the full-time 35-hours-per-week position and, what’s more, they will also be given a company car for the duration. How cool is that? To apply, step this way…

If you can see yourself speaking up and making a positive difference in young driver road safety and feel motivated about putting in an application, we’d love to hear from you on Twitter or Facebook. Good luck!


Oliver Hammond

Written by Oliver Hammond

Oliver is an established freelance motoring writer, published journalist and automotive copywriter based in Manchester. He regularly reviews cars and covers events and launches as editor of petroleumvitae.com and his articles appear in various magazines each month. No relation to Richard from Top Gear, he’s got a weakness for luxo-barges, proper 4x4s and oddball cars.