British Police Sergeant Bradley Cross is to represent the UK in the International Best Young Driver Contest (IBYDC) in Austria next month.
He is one of two UK competitors chosen to participate in the competition. The IBYDC is run by the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) and the Institute for Advanced Motorists (IAM). Brad is looking forward to the challenge and show off his skills behind the wheel after previously winning the UK’s Best Young Driver Competition in August.
In the IBYDC, Brad and his fellow European competitors will be put through a series of challenging tests against the clock. The tests will include precision parking, slalom courses, circuit driving, and skid pan driving. The skid pan driving test involves driving on a wet and polished concrete surface without the help of the vehicle’s Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
Brad who leads the Watford Central Safer Neighbourhood Team has been a police officer for four years and has worked on the intervention team, responding to urgent 999 calls from the public. He became eligible to join the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) after qualifying as a response driver in June 2020 when the country was gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Brad is a highly skilled driver and is looking forward to representing the UK in the IBYDC in Austria between Friday 6 October and Sunday 8 October. He is confident that he can perform well in the competition and bring home the trophy.
He said: “I pride myself on being a response driver and have been representing the police, and Hertfordshire Constabulary, throughout the competition. I have gained all my tactical driving experience through the police, and without my training and qualification I wouldn’t have got as far as I have in this competition, so I am very grateful to the constabulary.
“I’ve always had an interest in cars and my police training taught me how to have a ‘driveology’; how to drive safely but effectively with no risk to others. I learned how to execute manoeuvres, how to read the road ahead, and how to anticipate what other drivers are going to do before they even do it. Maintaining your car is also a big part of the training; you’re shown how to look after it by checking the oil levels and tyre pressures and keeping it looking presentable.”
So what should motorists do if they see an emergency vehicle responding on blue lights approaching them in their rear view mirror?
“Always be aware of your surroundings, stay calm, and wait until there’s a safe space to pull to the left, stop, and let them pass,” says Brad.
Would you like to join the police and have an opportunity to take a response driving course? Find out more about how to apply, and what is involved, on the Herts Police recruitment website (opens in new window).