Turning 17 is a big milestone


With the huge momentum that National Voter Registration Day has generated, what better time than now to register to vote and have your say? In this guest blog, Red Driving School explain why they think it’s so important to spread this message to their customers.

The countdown to the general election on 7 May has begun, and young people are being called on to take part. Turning 17 is a big milestone – it’s the age you can start taking driving lessons, after all, but it also means that you can register to vote, even if you’re not going to be 18 at the time of the general election.

According to the Electoral Commission, three in 10 people aged 18 to 24 are missing from the electoral register – a fact that we at RED Driving School are looking to change. The government frequently makes policies that affect people in this age group, and voting is one of the best ways that young people can influence future decision-making. Registering to vote is key to getting the voices of young adults across the UK heard.

What’s more, being on the electoral register can really boost your credit rating – There are also other advantages of being on the electoral register. For instance, did you know that being on the electoral register can really boost your credit rating?

This is because credit reference agencies can use the electoral register to confirm where you live in order to counteract fraud. It also helps them verify who you are and where you have been living in the past. So if you are thinking about buying a car in the near future and will need a loan to help you do this – being on the electoral register could make the difference to whether you pass a lenders credit check or not. Something you should bear in mind.

RED has recently partnered with Electoral Commission to promote voter registration to its young learner drivers using digital communications, social media platforms and the resources produced by the Electoral Commission in the months leading up to the General Election.

Simply head to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and follow the on-screen instructions. You’ll need to provide your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to speak for your generation – register to vote today.

Andy Mitchell
Commercial Director
RED Driving School

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