A specialist driver training scheme, which allows 10-17 year olds to get behind the wheel in a bid to create a new generation of safer drivers, is launching a site in Bolton for the first time.


Young Driver will open at the University of Bolton Stadium, home of the Bolton Wanderers FC, on Saturday 10th September. Car park 3 will be transformed into a realistic road system so youngsters can work on a range of driving skills and manoeuvres. Events will then take place on selected weekend dates throughout the year.


Young Driver is the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons, having delivered over 1,000,000 lessons at more than 70 venues across the UK. Youngsters have lessons in dual controlled Vauxhall Corsas and other similar cars, with highly qualified approved driving instructors.


A road system is created with traffic signs, roundabouts and junctions, along with special areas to practice manoeuvres such as steering control and parking. The emphasis of the lessons is on safety and fun and encouraging youngsters to consider how to drive responsibly, giving them time to perfect driving skills such as gear changes, braking and steering without the pressures of public roads.


Shockingly, one in five newly qualified drivers crashes within six months of passing their test. But for those who have taken a Young Driver course, the rate of accidents in that worrying first six months drops dramatically, to fewer than four per cent.


Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “We are really excited to be launching in Bolton, as we have been looking for a venue in the area for quite some time. The University of Bolton Stadium gives us a large space so we can offer lots of different driving activities for young people, whether they’re a beginner or have already had a few lessons at another of our venues. We have been running in Wigan and Manchester for several years now, and events are nearly always sold out, so this will give us more availability for the people of Lancashire.


“Clearly something needs to be done to tackle the seriously high accident rates of our young drivers. Training drivers over a longer period of time allows youngsters to have a solid understanding of how to drive a car before they get anywhere near a real road. But the lessons are also lots of fun and they’re a great general confidence boost for teens and pre-teens, who take the responsibility very seriously.”


Driving tuition is available for disabled youngsters. Thirty or sixty-minute lessons must be booked in advance and prices start from £44.99.


For more information visit www.youngdriver.com or call 0333 577 9010.




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Notes to editors:


Young Driver was established in 2009 with the aim of helping to teach youngsters to drive over a longer period, therefore encouraging a safer generation of new drivers at 17. The scheme is the only driving school in the UK to offer carbon negative driving lessons.


Anyone aged 10 and over and above 1.42 metres tall can get behind the wheel of a dual controlled Vauxhall Corsa SE Premium or similar car with a fully qualified ADI driving instructor. Lessons take place on private property which has been developed into a realistic road system complete with road signs, junctions and car parks. A Drive Diary helps each pupil to monitor progress. More than one million lessons have now been delivered and there are more than 70 venues to choose from across the UK.


All Drive Diaries and leaflets are printed on carbon capture paper and Young Driver’s office only uses Woodland Trust FSC paper. The Drive Diary is also available on the Young Driver app.


Young Driver Motor Cars Ltd, a subsidiary of Young Driver, launched Firefly, the world’s first electric cars developed specially for 4-10 year olds, in September 2016. These cars are available to drive throughout the year at selected venues.


Driving experiences for 10-17s (and adults) are also available in three classic cars - a Vauxhall VX490, Morris Minor or Austin 7, along with a genuine ex-service fire engine and a luxury Bentley Flying Spur.


For more information log on to www.youngdriver.com or call 0333 577 9010



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