But hitting 17 also means that the dreaded prospect of learning to drive rears its head. My child. In a car. Driving it. On the roads. It’s possibly more frightening than the first day at school or the first time they left the house, alone, without you, even just to pop to the local shop. It’s really, really scary. And there’s no damn way she’s driving my car!
So the lovely people at Young Driver felt my pain and reached out to me asking if I’d like to bring the teen along to have a go in one of their Vauxhall Corsa’s in a really big car park with a qualified instructor in the car with her so she couldn’t do any damage. Well, of course, I said yes!
For the younger kids, 5-10 year olds, they have what’s called a Firefly, which is a two-seater car, small, like kid size but has all the basic features of a car so kids can learn about steering and breaking but at a top speed of 10mph.
For the bigger kids, 10-17 year olds, it’s a full size Corsa.
The first lesson covers the very basics; stopping, starting, changing gears and steering. After that they move on to learn about turning, reverse parking, bay parking and roundabouts. Personally, I know a few adults that could probably do with this!
The instructor was great that we had and helped her a lot. They do also cover lessons for kids with a range of disabilities which can be a real help to build confidence.
Young Driver has venues across the UK (really big car parks) so chances are there will be one near you. Take a look at their website or click below to book your first lesson.