Driving lessons for 10 year olds in safety drive

Youngsters have lessons in dual controlled Vauxhall Corsas, with highly qualified approved driving instructors.
Youngsters have lessons in dual controlled Vauxhall Corsas, with highly qualified approved driving instructors.

A driver training course which allows 10 year olds to get behind the wheel in a bid to create a safer next generation of drivers takes place this month.

Young Driver, which provides driving lessons for 10-17 year olds, will be running events at Elvington Airfield from Saturday, October 19.

The venue, which will be one of the scheme’s ‘Super Sites’, will be transformed into a realistic road system on selected weekend dates across the year so youngsters can work on a range of driving skills and manoeuvres.

Upcoming dates to run at Elvington are October 19, November 24 and December 15.

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “We are really excited to be launching at Elvington, which is a fantastic venue and will be one of our bigger Super Sites.

“It will provide 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 with us.

“Clearly something needs to be done to tackle the seriously high accident rates of our young drivers, as almost 1,300 17-24 year olds are killed or seriously injured in road accidents each year.

“Research shows that training drivers over a longer period of time and catching youngsters when their attitudes towards driving are still developing is key to producing a safer driver.

“This allows youngsters to have a solid understanding of how to drive a car before they get anywhere near a real road – meaning when they do learn at 17 they can focus more on other road users and potential hazards.”