Learning to Drive at 5-17?

Would your kids like the chance to drive a real car with a professional instructor? Young Driver offers lessons to 5-17-year olds at their 60 venues across the UK. It’s a great opportunity for those approaching driving lesson age or for a one-off treat!

My two step-sons, aged 12 and 16, tried it out today at the Young Driver Cheltenham Racecourse venue and loved it! They experienced ‘Level 1’ of the course which included pre-drive checks, moving away, stopping and steering. They had the chance to drive round a spacious road system in a duel-controlled Vauxhall Corsa SRi.

The boys had the 30min lesson which costs £34.95 but you can also have 60min lessons for £64.95 and it’s cheaper if you book a course of lessons. The government approved, CRB checked driving instructors were really professional, thorough and friendly and took time explaining everything before the boys started driving. It was lovely to watch them drive off and they found it really exciting! 16-year-old Flynn said afterwards, ‘I loved driving – it was so much fun! I didn’t expect to be doing that much driving to start with. It’s definitely made me want to do more before I’m 17!’

A whole road system is created on private land to help the drivers learn everything from changing gears and parking to using roundabouts and manoeuvring a slalom. Lessons mirror those taken on the road at 17 but give youngsters the chance to take their time without any pressure to pass a test. A personalised Drive Diary charts how they get on and is useful to pass on to their driving instructor at 17.

Young Driver believes that it’s safer for people to start driving earlier as newly qualified drivers are less likely to have accidents if they start learning at a younger age. Laura White, head of marketing at Young Driver, said, ‘With 1 in 5 young people crashing within six months of passing their test, it is vital something is done to help our youngsters become safer drivers. Young Driver has now delivered more than 500,000 lessons to 10-17-year olds across the UK which will make a huge difference when it is time for that generation to take to the roads for real.’

The lessons in the Vauxhall Corsa are for 10-17-year-olds and driving tuition is available for disabled youngsters. Even 5-10-year olds can have a go in a two-seater electric ‘Firefly’ car with indicators, steering etc. Lessons for little ones are £19.95 for 20 minutes. You can also go for Birthday Party packages where all guests get to drive. You can also share the experience with an ‘in-car video’

The boys were offered their lessons in exchange for this blog review. You can find out more about Young Driver including booking here.


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