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The 2015 Young Driver Challenge


Drive begins to find Britain's best young talent behind the wheel

The search is now on to find the country’s best young drivers. 

If you’re aged 11-16 years old we want you to show us your skills behind the wheel of a car by entering the Challenge!

 The Young Driver Challenge took place for the first time in 2014, with hundreds of entries from around the country. Accelerating to the top, the eventual winners were named as Hannah Tripp, aged 13 from Cheddar in Somerset, and Troy Hickling, aged 16, from Leicester.

Drivers can be assessed during a lesson at any Young Driver venue. They will be marked according to strict criteria on their driving skills and manoeuvres, including parallel parking, figures of eight, turn in the road, steering, judgement and positioning. Participants also need to complete the Goodyear Driving Academy, an online driving simulator which tests your knowledge of the Highway Code.

Entries can be made until the end of July and the 40 top scorers will be invited to a final event to be held in the Midlands in September. You can enter more than once and try and beat your own score! All entries incur a £10 admin fee.

The prizes on offer include 20 Young Driver lessons, 20 ‘on the road’ post-17 driving lessons courtesy of Goodyear, a Young Driver at School session for the winner and their classmates and £500 off a car insurance premium courtesy of Young Driver sponsor Admiral. There will also be a special Admiral Award for the young driver who shows the best attitude, with a £200 cash prize.

The Challenge is backed by Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and motoring expert and presenter Quentin Willson.

Mark Lewis, Director of Standards for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: “I was very impressed with the standard of driving displayed by the young drivers last year and the final went to a tense tie-breaker. All who attended had a good day and I heard lots of stories from proud parents and grandparents about how the young drivers have made them change their driving habits for the better. Every young person who undertakes this training is potentially setting themselves up for a lifetime of safe driving. I’m looking forward to seeing the standard being maintained this year and a sunny final event like last year will be the icing on the cake!”

Quentin Willson, Transport Campaigner, added: “The Young Driver Challenge recognises and celebrates how early tuition can make a generation of novice drivers safer on our roads. I'm extremely proud to support these awards.”

To book a Young Driver lesson, click here, or call 0844 371 9010.

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