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One in five newly qualified drivers has an accident within six months of passing their test and more than 400 people are killed on UK roads in accidents involving young drivers every year. Pre-17 driving tuition has been shown to cut the accident rate in half, to one in 10.
The Young Driver Challenge 2018 specifies that drivers must be under 17 to take part, in fact, anyone between the ages of 10-16 who can drive can enter, to be in with a chance to be named Britain’s Best Young Driver.
The Challenge is run by Young Driver, the country’s largest provider of pre-17 driving tuition, which provides lessons with fully qualified instructors in dual controlled cars at more than 50 venues across the UK.
To enter the Young Driver Challenge, you must be taking a lesson at any Young Driver venue across the UK, with the best 40 scores across the country making it to the final.
The Challenge is a great way for young people to be encouraged to drive responsibly and safely before they embark on actual roads in the future. Top marks will be awarded to children who show high levels of control and awareness.
The national final will take place on September 22nd at the Fire Service College in Moreton in Marsh, where emergency services’ drivers are taught. Twenty finalists compete in each of two categories – 10-13 years and 14-16 years.
Entrants drive a dual control Vauxhall Corsa, with an approved driving instructor, and are marked on driving skills and manoeuvres to include parallel parking, independent driving, emergency stops, steering, judgement and positioning.
Judges for the competition are picked to include ex-police drivers and advanced driving instructors and first place prizes for each category include £200, 10 one-hour Young Driver lessons and family restaurant vouchers. Prizes are also given to the runners up.
Laura White, head of marketing for Young Driver, said: “Of course, it’s pretty annoying when your kids think they can do something better than you – but with some of our drivers, they really would put people who have been on the roads for years to shame! The aim of Young Driver has always been to create a safer next generation of drivers. Research shows that teaching children at a younger age, and over a longer period, is key to getting them the experience they need to be able to react quickly and appropriately when they do get on the road for real. People are often amazed at the skill shown by some of our young drivers – even at just 10 – but their brains are like sponges and they absorb all the information and road safety points without having the pressure to pass a test, or the need to prove to peers that they can do it.
“The Challenge Final is always the highlight of our calendar. This is the first year the final has taken place at the Fire Services College in the Cotswolds, and it’s a brilliant venue, where we’ll be able to set up a really interesting Challenge Final! We’re looking forward to welcoming the best of the best from around the country.”
For more information on Young Driver, to book a lesson or find out more about entering the Young Driver Challenge 2018, go to www.youngdriver.com or call 0844 371 9010.