When I was 17 I couldn't wait to learn to drive. After a couple of lessons I soon realised I wasn't really cut out or ready for driving. Once I hit 20 I'd soon tired of walking and buses and gave it another go the rest they say is history! Living out in a rural location I seriously couldn't live without my car. The children go to two schools outside of our village, I need a car to pretty much go anywhere.
Admiral Young Driver has centres up and down the country providing driving skills for the under 17's. Some centres provide lessons for 5-10 year olds in a specially designed 2 seater car “firefly” using a tablet based dashboard. Our local centre Young Driver Southampton is situated in the West Quay car park on Level 15. Southampton includes a full road system comprising of one way roads and t-junctions, bends and straights, as well as a manoeuvring zone. The course is smaller one which is great for developing steering and clutch control. As Southampton caters for 10+ we booked Charlie a review session for the weekend after his 10th birthday. He literally couldn't wait.
There's absolutely no messing around. Charlie jumped straight in the car and was well driving. As the official car partner SKODA provides Citigo cars they are easy to operate and super cute! The programme runs through 6 Levels and each driver is provided with a “Drive Diary”. Level 1 covers things like preparing yourself and the car for driving, seats, mirrors, pre-safety checks and ultimately making the car go and stop when you want.
Each lesson is 60 minutes long. Charlie made his way through the Lesson 1 and well quite frankly had a ball! He didn't go faster than 5mph as the lessons concentrate more on learning to use the car properly. Although he loved going down the little hill! Daddy Moo watched from the side lines but both have agreed next time he's getting in the back! I think secretly Charlie is looking forward to driving Daddy Moo around for a change! Although the age is 10yrs + there is a height restriction (1.4m) to be aware of.
Charlie aged 10 driving a car! ???????? Since having his lesson he has become a much better passenger. I think he underestimated how complicated driving actually is ???? You can read our #review over on #charliemoos #blog #youngdriver @youngdriver #admiral #roadsafety #learningtodrivr #citigo @skodagram #driving #charlie #ukparentbloggers #mummyblogger
As Charlie is only 10 and 7 years off getting a driving licence, I wouldn't be looking to book a full course of lessons. However as a birthday treat for the next few years until he is old enough to officially drive, is the perfect idea. Providing him with the opportunity to learn the mechanics of a car and how each part works has really opened his eyes. I've noticed he is much more aware, offers support in the car and now recognises how hard it is to drive especially with 3 children arguing in the back. It has made him a much better passenger. I know he can't wait for his 11th birthday drive!
Charlie was provided with a 60 minute lesson in order for us to write this review.