Seat puts young disabled drivers in the driving seat

The driving lessons will take place in new Seat Ibiza cars equipped with DSG gearboxes and fitted with hand controls and dual controls. The lessons will be run by fully qualified ADI driving instructors from October, Seat has confirmed.

These lessons will start at Brent Cross, Birmingham, and Sheffield and will cover all eleven Seat Young Drivers venues nationwide.

This Seat move to expand its Young Driver programme has been encouraged by people such as Sophie Morgan who is the TV presenter and contestant on BBC3’s Britain’s Missing Top Model.

Sophie, 26, was paralysed in a car accident at the age of 18. She said: “Having had a road accident shortly after passing my driving test, which left me paralysed for life, I wholeheartedly encourage any initiative aiming to help young drivers be better prepared for the road and, accordingly, lower the chance of accidents.”

The Seat Young Driver programme has already given 25,000 lessons to young people with disabilities such as autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, profound deafness and visual impairment.

The programme will also be able to give young wheelchair users the opportunity to enjoy exactly the same activities as able-bodied youngsters such as learning to steer, accelerate, brake, manoeuvre, reverse and park.

These training lessons will be carried out on the Young Driver’s dedicated driver training areas each of which includes roundabouts, junctions, driving and parking zones.

Morgan added: “I also support and actively encourage the enabling of other young disabled people to drive. The independence and empowerment of having a driving license cannot be underestimated and it is fantastic that SEAT and Admiral are providing young disabled people with such a valuable experience.”

The Sear Young Driver, Driving for the Disabled launches at Brent Cross Shopping Centre on Thursday 27 October.