Young Driver lessons gave my son a great head start
To be honest I’d never heard of this scheme until I saw their cars parked up at the racecourse one day, so decided to investigate. I booked some lessons for my son and have been really impressed. It’s such a brilliant idea to learn how to control and manoeuvre a vehicle while contained in the safe environment of a private car park. The “roads” are laid out using cones and drivers are instructed as they would be at age 17 in a normal driving school.
My son was delighted after his first lesson and couldn’t believe he was actually able to drive a real car. It has given him confidence and self-esteem and a valuable skill which he can take into standard lessons when he is 17. He has had a few more lessons and is absolutely loving it. He’s even learned how to reverse park. I am so pleased that he can now head out into the scary world of our region’s roads, already able to drive the car so he can concentrate on looking out for the hazards that other road users may present and learn to anticipate what dangers may lie ahead.
Fast forward to 2018
For my son’s 17th birthday we gave him some L plates and a set of 6 driving lessons. His first lesson was less than a week after his 17th birthday. Off they went (instructor was driving) and one hour later thankfully returned unscathed! They had driven to a quiet residential estate where the boy took over the driving seat! Within two minutes apparently they were a little bored of the 20mph zone so took the car for a 60mph spin along a dual carriageway! Only 10 lessons later he was ready to make a date for his test.
It took a few weeks to sort the theory and the practical test dates and in the meantime we had a few more lessons, so he had between 12 and 14 in total. Being the mad mother that I am, I also took him out in my car (an old tractor of an estate car) and he often drove to and from school. Yes, I was a nervous wreck with no nails and rapidly greying hair but it was good practise.
Thankfully he passed his theory test first time and then came the big one. I was actually away that day which is probably a good thing as I would have been in a tiz. The news finally reached me by text message, a photograph of my son putting his L plates in the dustbin, what a fantastic moment!
The whole process of learning to drive from the week of his 17th birthday took 3 months. I am convinced his Young Driver lessons laid the foundation and enabled him to be confident in his own ability and gave him a decent knowledge of how to actually drive the vehicle. When he did venture out into the big bad world of traffic he didn’t have to worry that much about manoeuring and could look ahead for all the hazards giving him more time to react and anticipate his next move. I would highly recommend Young Driver.
Anna, editor Raring2go
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