Footballers are to be offered driving lessons by a chain of high-end supercar dealerships to help them gain valuable fast-car driving experience.
Young footballers buying supercars from an HR Owen dealership — a chain specialising in Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Aston Martins and Bugatti cars — will now be able to sign up to the lessons through the Premier Sports Network, which helps youngsters who are beginning their footballing career.
Any dealerships offering specialist services such as these supercar driving lessons, as well as other aftersales services that could increase risk, need to ensure their motor trade insurance and road risks insurance policies are up to date to continue to offer the very best customer experience for buyers.
The decision from HR Owen follows a number of high-profile car accidents involving Premiership footballers in recent years. Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Louis Saha, who were playing for Manchester United at the time, both crashed their Ferraris on the same stretch of road, while former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was lucky to escape with only minor injuries when he crashed his Aston Martin in St Albans. The most recent accident involved West Ham player Diafra Sakho, who was also lucky not to be seriously injured when he crashed his Lamborghini into a garden.
A spokesperson from the HR Owen dealership explained the rationale behind the move: "Many young players celebrate their professional club signing with the purchase of a new car, for some this will be their first experience of a powerful car. For a large majority it may well be their first car purchased since passing their test, or the first car they will drive in the UK after a transfer from overseas.”