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Educating A Young Driver

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Part of parenting is teaching our children life skills; I made sure that both my children could swim for example. So when the opportunity came up to teach my tween to drive, I thought that educating a young driver was a great idea!

Young Driver offers driving lessons for 11-17 year olds and they recently opened a pop-up centre near me in Leeds. We went along on the opening day to give my daughter her first driving lesson and to see what it was all about!

My Young Driver

You may wonder what the point in teaching a youngster to drive is, before they are legally able to go out on the roads? Research from other countries suggests that encouraging youngsters to learn over a longer period of time halves the likelihood of them having an accident when they do go on to pass their test, plus if you give your children Young Driver lessons, it helps reduce your insurance premiums when they do pass their test and get insured on a car! Young Driver’s main sponsor is Admiral, so when your young drivers have legally passed their tests and are getting insured, you can get a discount with Admiral by having a track record of Young Driver classes.

she can drive!

Each young driver gets a ‘Drive Diary’ which is a record of their progress. On each lesson the instructor signs it and notes what progress has been achieved and also points for further improvement. During my daughter’s lesson she started with the basic controls, seat and mirror adjustment and being able to pull away and stop easily. She was taught the ‘mirror, signal, manoeuvre’ sequence that I remember from my driving lesson days, and within her first hour behind the wheel of a car, she successfully completed a turn in the road (formerly known as a ‘three point turn’). The video below shows some of her early lesson and the manoeuvre:

The emphasis of the lessons is very much on safety, they take place on specially designed courses at 41 venues across Britain. Youngsters have lessons in real, dual-control cars, with fully qualified instructors and learn the same skills as they would on the road at 17. You can find a venue near you at the Young Driver website. As they take over car parks for the course, your Young Driver school will ‘pop-up’ on weekends and holidays so you will need to check the dates when sessions are on and book online.

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When you have your slot booked (choose from 30 minutes at £34.95 or 1 hour at £64.95) simply arrive 10/15 mins before to register and when they are ready, the instructor will take your child to the car and begin. The lesson is very practical so they get plenty of time driving behind the wheel whilst you watch on from the parent’s viewing area!

the course

I was so proud of my little driver – she looks so young on these photos, I bet they’ll give her a smile when she is 17 and actually starts her driving lessons! She thought it was great fun but was very tired after the lesson and said that her legs ached! It was all that work on the clutch and accelerator – finding the ‘biting point’ and managing the car’s speed. She did very well and I was amazed at what she achieved in just one hour. Young Driver also do birthday parties for something a bit exciting and different.

Thank you to Young Driver for gifting my daughter her first lesson for the purpose of their review. All opinions are my own.

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Comments to Educating A Young Driver

  • I honestly never knew they offered lessons for under 17’s! what a wonderful initiative

    angela hamilton 28th September 2015 5:02 pm Reply
    • It’s a fairly new idea but a welcome one in my book!

      Nadine Hill 30th September 2015 11:16 am Reply
  • I have heard a lot about these but didn’t realise that Admiral do a discount – but do they use the box system insurance when they pass too?

    Pinkoddy 28th September 2015 6:59 pm Reply
    • I’m not sure about that Joy. But the advisers at Young Driver did say that Young Drivers get a discount with Admiral when they can prove they’ve take Young Driver lessons.

      Nadine Hill 30th September 2015 11:15 am Reply
  • I don’t drive and so need to do this one day.

    Hannah Wood 28th September 2015 7:21 pm Reply
  • I think this is a great initiate. I know that Maxi would love this when he is 11. She looks so smiley and happy.

    Jen Walshaw (@Mum_TheMadHouse) 28th September 2015 7:48 pm Reply
  • I’m not sure about this idea … I will have to ponder on it 🙂 H x

    Helen Neale 28th September 2015 7:56 pm Reply
  • I wonder whether this would have helped me as I hated learning to drive! (I still don’t have a valid license)

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 28th September 2015 10:50 pm Reply
  • These seem like a great way to start off young drivers – I would have loved it myself. x

    Sarah Bailey 28th September 2015 10:56 pm Reply
  • Great idea, must be so exciting to have a go like this. I remember practising in B&Q car park LOL

    sam fernley 29th September 2015 2:48 am Reply
    • Yeah, me too!

      Nadine Hill 30th September 2015 11:14 am Reply
  • What a great idea – I have a 13 year old here that would love this x

    Cass@frugalfamily 29th September 2015 6:20 pm Reply
  • Ohh I recall you saying your daughter was going to do this. ts a really interesting idea and anything that can improve safety is a good thing. Mich x

    Michelle Twin Mum 29th September 2015 9:51 pm Reply
    • She really loved it!

      Nadine Hill 30th September 2015 11:13 am Reply
  • Kian did this at the Gadget Show and loved it. I would love to book him on a course

    Kara 30th September 2015 6:50 am Reply
    • It’s a great way to introduce them slowly isn’t it?

      Nadine Hill 30th September 2015 11:13 am Reply
  • My daughter had one of these lessons last year and reviewed it on my blog. She really enjoyed it and found it very useful. She’s now 17 and will have her first driving lesson on the road very soon!

    Mums do travel 30th September 2015 1:37 pm Reply
    • I bet she will feel more comfortable having had the initial Young Driver experience.

      Nadine Hill 1st October 2015 9:14 am Reply
  • We got this for Ellie for her 12th birthday! Such a great idea

    Gemma 30th September 2015 4:58 pm Reply
  • I think this is brilliant and definitely something I’ll look for my son to do in a couple of years.

    Globalmouse 3rd October 2015 3:42 pm Reply
  • Oh my word this is just brilliant! POD is not yet five so she has a way to go yet but I love the idea of educating young drivers. I’m sure it’s much safer in the long run too. Great post 🙂

    Charly Dove 6th October 2015 2:18 pm Reply
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  • Great idea. The government should sponsor a few hours driver education for all teens before they take to the roads and do an intensive driving course such as the ones on this website.

    Jake 23rd February 2017 6:08 pm Reply

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