High demand sees driving scheme for 10-17 year olds launch a second venue in Kent
A driver training course, which allows 10-17 year olds to get behind the wheel in a bid to create a new generation of safer drivers, is launching a second venue in Kent thanks to high demand for lessons.
Young Driver already provides driving lessons for 10-17 year olds at Bluewater shopping centre. As of Sunday 9th May, Young Driver will also be running at Kent Showground in Detling. The car park will be transformed into a realistic road system on selected weekend dates so youngsters can work on a range of driving skills and manoeuvres.
Driving lessons across the country can restart from April 12th with appropriate Covid-19 safety measures in place. Should a Young Driver lesson need to be cancelled due to illness, self-isolation or lockdown, it can be rebooked for a later date.
Young Driver is the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons, having delivered over 900,000 lessons at more than 70 venues across the UK. Youngsters have lessons in brand new, dual controlled Vauxhall Corsa SE Premium, with highly qualified approved driving instructors.
A road system is created, with traffic signs, roundabouts and junctions, along with special areas to practice manoeuvres such as steering control and parking. The emphasis of the lessons is on safety and fun and encouraging youngsters to consider how to drive responsibly, giving them time to perfect driving skills such as gear changes, braking and steering without the pressures of public roads.
Shockingly, one in five newly qualified drivers crashes within six months of passing their test. Only eight per cent of drivers are aged 17 – 24 and yet they account for a worrying 30 per cent of people who are killed in cars every year. But for those who have taken a Young Driver course, the rate of accidents in that worrying first six months drops by more than a half, to fewer than one in ten.
Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “We are really excited to be launching a second venue in Kent, as it will enable us to meet demand in the area. Kent Showground gives us a very large space, providing plenty of opportunities for youngsters to try out lots of different driving skills and techniques – whether they’re a beginner or have already had a few lessons.
“Clearly something needs to be done to tackle the seriously high accident rates of our young drivers. Training drivers over a longer period of time allows youngsters to have a solid understanding of how to drive a car before they get anywhere near a real road. But the lessons are also lots of fun and they’re a great general confidence boost for teens and pre-teens, who take the responsibility very seriously. At the moment, it’s great to be able to offer a fun activity that young people can still safely take part in, as so much has been cancelled for them.”
Current confirmed dates Young Driver will be running at Kent Showground are Sunday 9th May, 27th June and 1st August. Driving tuition is available for disabled youngsters. Thirty or sixty-minute lessons must be booked in advance and prices start from £32.99.
Safety procedures are currently in place to protect both pupils and instructors, including the wearing of masks, social distancing and regular hand and vehicle sanitisation. Detailed instructions are sent to customers by email ahead of their lesson.
For more information visit www.youngdriver.com or call 0333 577 9010.