Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Young Drivers Experience

Young Drivers - Oliver drove a car!

Have you heard about the Young Driver experience?

Oliver has driven a car. A real car. He's only 10 - It was such an amazing experience for him and was a gift from his Auntie and Uncle via Virgin Experience Days - He's one very lucky boy!

Children from the age of 10 up to 17 are able to have driving lessons on specially designed courses across the UK, in real, dual-controlled cars. Instructors are of course fully qualified and DBS checked, and the youngsters begin to learn the same skills as they would at the age of 17. Oliver's lesson was at RAF Church Fenton - an old RAF base which served within the defence network of fighter bases for the RAF in WWII - it was closed as an RAF base in 2013... this was cool too in its own right, never mind a 10 year old driving a car!!

The instructor who was teaching Oliver asked if he wanted either myself or Ste in the car with him - He picked Ste, obviously, but at least I got to stand on the side lines and observe how well he was doing. I was quite concerned that Oliver would struggle with his autism and hyper-activeness, but the instructor explained everything he needed to do brilliantly and kept him calm throughout the 30 minute lesson. 

I was amazed at how smoothly he set off and how quickly he learned clutch control. There was the instructor in the vehicle, but Oliver and Ste confirmed afterwards that he had been in total control of both speed and gears (And he only bunny hopped once which I think I was most amazed at!!)

At the end of each lesson the instructor fills out a record book and gives feedback which can then be taken to any future lessons which the child may have. The record book explains the different 'levels' of driving and what is needed to be accomplished to pass specific levels. Oliver was over the moon that he passed 'level one' and covered some of the second level.

Apparently, research shows that children in their early teens absorb safety messages more than the know-it-all driving age teenagers. It also suggests that encouraging children to learn over a longer period of time halves the likelihood of them having an accident shortly after they pass their test. Oliver feels like the experience was beneficial as he's learned some new skills and I definitely feel that the more experience our children have will reduce the likelihood of incidents when they're of age to actually pass their test and drive unaccompanied.

So what are you waiting for, go book that lesson now! We will definitely be returning for some more lessons prior to Oliver reaching 17.

Oliver highly recommends it and gave it a 10/10 and I think I would also give the same score, although it would have been better stood outside watching if the weather was better  😂

For more information please see the website: Young Driver 


  1. Wow that sounds amazing! I didn’t know you could do this. What an experience. Xx

  2. It really was brilliant ❤️ definitely worth it if you have a 10+ year old.. Although they do have classes for younger children I think I saw on their website xx

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