The Young Driver Challenge 2016 is ready to launch, with the aim of finding Britain’s best young drivers – and this year it’s lowered the entry age to just 10.
The Challenge is run by Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons. The scheme has recently started offering lessons to 10 year olds, and so this year those who have just hit double figures will, for the first time, be able to take part.
The competition, which is in its third year, aims to find the best young drivers in the country – but they must be aged between 10 and their 17th birthday. Youngsters can enter at one of Young Driver’s 43 sites across England, Scotland and Wales, from now until the end of July.
The Challenge aims to encourage youngsters to consider responsible and safe driving, with top marks given to those who show the best levels of control and awareness. Entrants drive a real, dual-control car, with an instructor, and are marked on driving skills and manoeuvres, including parallel parking, figures of eight, turn 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 3 September. Prizes include Young Driver lessons, ‘on the road’ post-17 driving lessons courtesy of Goodyear, remote control cars, and £500 off a car insurance premium.
Kim Stanton, who heads up Young Driver, added: “People would be amazed at the level of skill these young drivers show. The aim of Young Driver has always been to create a safer next generation of youngsters on the roads. At the moment one in five 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. The current, traditional way of educating youngsters is clearly not working. We strongly believe that by educating young people from a younger age, and over a longer period of time, you create much safer drivers – and the research figures back us up, proving it halves their risk of having an accident.
“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, please log on to www.youngdriver.eu or call 0844 371 9010.