Kaitlin recently had the pleasure of learning to drive in a real car. Yes I did say a real car. Young Driver Experience are a nationwide company that offer driving tuition for 10-17 year olds. They also have firefly lesson for 5-10 year olds as well. Kaitlin had tried out the car experience briefly last year at the digital kids show and she loved it. When I asked would she like to do a proper lesson for an hour she jumped at the chance.
We booked to do our lesson at the Trafford Centre in Manchester but they do have courses nationwide. You can book online and look for a centre near you on the Young Driver Experience website. We set off Saturday morning all excited and Kaitlin was super nervous, we pulled up and no one seemed to be there. I checked my email and yep you guessed it I had the wrong day oops. Home we went and came back on Sunday when we had actually booked for.
When you arrive you check in and if its your first time you will be issued with a drive diary so you can keep a log of what you have learned and use this each time you have a lesson. I think this is brilliant especially if you are taking a few lessons so you are not doing the same thing each time. The diary had an explanation of all the levels you can learn and what you will be taught at each one. At the end of your lesson the instructor stamps and signs your diary also ticking off what you have covered so the next instructor knows were to pick up from. Kaitlin is already planning on when I book her next lesson.
Kaitlin drove for 1 hour but you can book 30 min slots and also you can book to drive a Bentley. Prices start from £34.95 for 30 min and £64.95 for 1 hour the Bentley experience is £49.95 for a 30 min session. Check the website out for all the latest availability and prices.
This is a video of some of the things Kaitlin learnt on her driving experience.
I suppose the question is would we have been happy to pay £65 for the 1 hour lesson. Yes I would, Kaitlin loved every minute of it. I would say its a great birthday gift for someone aged 11-14 and would be a fab start for someone 15-16 who is serious about learning to drive as soon as they hit 17. Its not the real road but they do a good job of laying out the course so you can imagine you are driving on roads. Kaitlin said she had to do reversing round the corner, three point turn in the road (you see this on the video). They also pull in use hazards and signals, take over cars. It really does get them used to some of the things you will have to learn and know when driving for real on the roads.
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** Young drivers provided Kaitlin with a 60 minute lesson for the review. All opinions are our own.