Developed from a concept first introduced nationally by Avto-Moto Zveza Slovenia (AMZS Slovenia) in 2017, the FIA Region I International Best Young Driver Contest is an initiative that aims to raise awareness of road safety among young drivers. It conveys the message that young drivers can drive safely and responsibly and that they can set a good example for their peers and adults alike.
The competition is designed for young drivers aged 18-26 with a valid driver’s license for category B vehicles. The competition assesses not only the driver’s driving skills, but also their knowledge of traffic rules, road safety and vehicles, as well as first aid.
This year’s competition was won by Stefan Trimmel from ÖAMTC Austria, followed by Urban Ostrez from AMZS Slovenia (2nd place) and Ioan Victor Sima of ÖAMTC Austria (3rd Place). It involved six exercises:
- a wet slalom, each with two runs in two different cars – one rear-wheel drive and the other front-wheel drive;
- reverse slalom: once with a car without a rear-view camera, ie driving using mirrors, and the second time only using the camera, as all windows except the front one were covered;
- slalom with a ball in a bowl on the hood, where the ball was not allowed to fall out of the bowl during the ride;
- parking: in the first part the car had to be parked sideways and in the second part the car had to be turned around in a very limited space (garage simulation);
- “float easily”;
- driving on “off-road” terrain.
Many participants enjoyed the “easy drift” and the “off-road” terrain tasks the most, while all struggled to slalom backwards only with the help of the camera.
Other FIA Region I road safety and sustainability initiatives such as the ‘Drive with Care’ road safety campaign and the MODALES project on low-emission driving were also presented to contest participants to encourage safe and low-emission driving.