Young Driver – Joshua’s First Driving Lesson

Did you know that with Young Driver, children under 17 and as young as 5 can learn to drive? Children over 10 can learn to drive in a brand new Vauxhall Corsa! 5 – 10 year olds can also learn to drive in specially designed cars called ‘Firefly’.

In exchange for an honest review, me and my family were invited to come and check out Young Driver for ourselves, Joshua was even offered a lesson! With over 60 UK venues, we knew there would be one local to us.

Over the weekend we headed to the Trafford Centre for Joshua’s lesson. When we booked we were asked to arrive 15 minutes before our slotted time so we were there nice and early. Joshua was extremely excited. As he is 6 years old, Joshua would be driving the ‘Firefly’ car.

The ‘Firefly’ cars are electric two-seater cars that feature independent suspension, disc brakes, twin electric motors and rack and pinion steering – making them drive and handle just like real cars on the road. The cars have an adjustable driver’s seat and youngsters can be accompanied by a parent or sibling.

The car does has a remote control cut off switch in case of emergency that parents can press, also the Firefly has a top speed of 10 mph.

The first 5 minutes of the lesson consisted of a briefing and demonstration with an instruction. They asked Joshua to get in the car and they adjusted his seat. After talking about the pedals and the steering they were off!

Joshua and the instructor traveled around a realistic road system, complete with road signs. The instructor explained to Joshua he needed to adhere to the road signs such as Stop and Give Way. Once Joshua had the hang of the steering, the instructor jumped out and Daddy jumped in!

Joshua had lots of fun! Since as long as I can remember he has been car mad, at the age of two he knew car makes and models. He would point them out as they drove passed. He loves toys cars and still plays with them now, so this was a big treat for him. At the end of the session, Joshua was awarded with his very own Young Drivers Driving Licence which was a great touch and Joshua thought it was amazing.

He was definitely in awe of the older children, once your older than 10 you can drive a brand new Vauxhall. He had his eye on this one pictured below. He said he will be back for his 10th birthday!

Young Driver sessions are great for any youngster that loves cars and can’t wait to get behind wheel. Young Driver offers something that children wouldn’t see possible, driving! They make it fun but also safe. They offer gift vouchers which is fantastic as I think these lessons would make great present.

To find out more information on Young Driver and all that they offer, see here.