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The aim of the Challenge is to create a safer generation of young drivers on the roads. At present, one in five young drivers have an accident within six months of passing their test and 400 people are killed each year in the UK in accidents involving young drivers.
Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons believes that the current, traditional way of educating youngsters about safe driving is not working. By educating young people from a younger age, and over a longer period of time, the company aims to create much safer drivers and significantly reduce the risk of having an accident.
The event is being organised and run by Young Driver and entries can be submitted at one of Young Drivers’ 43 sites across England, Scotland and Wales from Saturday 30th April until the end of July .
The scheme now offers lessons to children as young as 10 years old, and aims to make young drivers more aware of the dangers of getting behind the wheel of a car as well as prepared them for when they turn 17 and can apply for a full driving licence.
The Challenge aims to encourage youngsters how to drive responsibly and safely, with top marks given to those who show the best levels of control and awareness. Entrants will drive a real dual-control SKODA car, with an instructor on board and will be marked on driving skills and manoeuvres to include parallel parking, figures of eight, turning in the road, steering, judgement and positioning.
A second, knowledge-based part of the test is taken via the Goodyear Driving Academy, an online driving simulator which tests a youngsters’ ability to cope with everyday driving distractions as well as quizzing them on road safety and the Highway Code.
The top 40 drivers, with 20 from the 10-13 age category and 20 14-16 year olds, will then be invited to a grand final, which will be held for the first time on the special driving training track at the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire on 3rd September.
Prizes include Young Driver lessons, ‘on the road’ post-17 driving lessons courtesy of Goodyear, remote control cars provided by SKODA, and £500 off an Admiral car insurance premium. There will also be a special Admiral Award for the young driver who shows the best attitude, with a £200 cash prize.
Winner of the 2015 11-13 age category, Callum McNeilly, said: “. When I took my first Young Driver lesson in September 2014, I was extremely excited to be in control of a car under road like conditions. It may seem odd to some people that I was driving from such a young age, but I personally believe that it will have a huge impact on my safety and skill when I take to the roads at 17.”
Kim Stanton from Young Driver, added: “The Young Driver Challenge gives us the opportunity to celebrate the hard work these youngsters put in and to show the world how responsible and safe youngsters can be behind the wheel given the proper tuition and experience. We look forward to receiving lots of entries – the final is always the highlight of our year!”
For more information about the challenge, or to book a Young Driver lesson, visit www.youngdriver.eu