Fancy trying something grown-up? Fascinated by cars? You’re not too young to get…
You can’t drive until you’re 17, right? Wrong! In fact, you can start learning to drive right now, making it safer, easier and lots more fun when you take your driving test in a few years’ time.
However, you can’t just hop in your parents’ car and give it a go. What you can do, though, is try nationwide schemes and experiences offered by organisations such as Young Driver and the AA, which offer driving lessons for kids from five years old and upwards.
If you’re aged between 10 and 17, you’ll get to learn the magic of driving in a proper car with a specially trained instructor. The lessons are very similar to those you’d have when you’re 17, but these are on private property not public roads, so you don’t need to worry about pedestrians or other drivers – and you don’t need a driving licence to do it. If you’re between five and 10, Young Driver offers lessons in an electric car designed specially for your age group.
Learning to drive is not just a cool skill to talk about in the playground. Research has shown that learning to drive while you’re younger can make you a much safer driver and reduce the risk of accidents once you get your licence. “For 10 to 17-year-olds, 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,” says Young Driver’s Laura White. “In the first lesson, youngsters learn the basics of gears and the clutch and steering, but many people are surprised that by the end of that first try behind the wheel, they’re probably also trying reverse parking. If you’re aged between five and 10, lessons are similar but on a smaller scale.”
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