Car driver skills for kids

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Under 17s are being taught life-saving driving techniques thanks to an advanced driver skills event being launched in Church Fenton in the summer.

The Young Driver Skills Event offers 10 to 17-year-olds the chance to experience motorway driving at speeds of up to 70mph and also includes manoeuvres such as the ‘brake and avoid’ technique taught to police drivers, dynamic handling and advanced steering practice.

Laura White, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “As always with Young Driver the focus is on responsible and safe driving.

“Our usual lessons, which now take place at almost 60 venues nationwide, cover the basics of driving and keeping safe on the roads, but we don’t have the space at most to get to higher speed driving or motorway experience.

“We felt it was vital to be able to offer this to youngsters – England’s 6,000 mile motorway network is the busiest in Europe, so it’s important driver education covers this topic properly.

“From this month learner drivers with a provisional licence will be able to drive on motorways with an approved driving instructor, so the need for this experience has been recognised at government level.”

The half-day session will be held on Saturday August 4 at Leeds East Airport in Church Fenton.

This is the first time the event has taken place in the North of England, having previously only been run at the emergency services’ driver training ground in Gloucestershire.

The event is open to any youngster who has had a minimum of two lessons with Young Driver.

Instruction, which takes place in dual controlled Vauxhall Corsas, is provided by highly qualified Approved Driving Instructors and experienced police driving experts.

Laura added: “Young Driver has proven it can lower the number of accidents newly qualified drivers have by up to a half, with this group notoriously more likely to have a crash than any other.

“Young people signing up for the Skills Event need to have some experience behind the wheel but our expert instructors will tailor content to be appropriate to both age and level of skill.

“So, whether you are a 17-year-old about to take to the roads or a 12-year-old who has had two lessons with Young Driver, you are sure to have a fun day and learn some life-saving driving skills.”