Alongside the national under-17 driving programmes which exist in the UK, there are also lots of local or regional schemes, such as Drive B4 U Turn 17, in Hampshire.
Established in 2009, this programme now has up to 14 driving instructors (all fully qualiﬁed, DSA approved and CRB checked) working on its training days, held at four different sites.
Drive B4 U Turn 17 offers all 10-17 year olds access to free online theory software and other useful information
The key training site is at Barton Stacey (as shown in the video above); it consists of around three miles of roads and includes road markings such as roundabouts, 'stop' and 'give way' junctions and parking bays to make the training sessions more realistic.
The Drive B4 U Turn 17 under-17 driving course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of driving before taking to the roads, improving confidence and road awareness and ensuring you’re better equipped to deal with traffic situations. Drive B4 U Turn 17 works with schools in Hampshire, offering free driver training sessions for pupils on their own campus.
The scheme also has experience of teaching young people with hearing difficulties and varying forms of autism, and in 2013 it taught 15 teenagers from the National Autistic Society at one of its training days in Aldershot. In 2012, Drive B4 U Turn 17 held a road safety presentation at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Road Safety Centre in Winchester and has given similar presentations at schools in Hampshire.
Drive B4 U Turn 17 offers all 10-17 year olds access to free online theory software and other useful information to help those people be safer and more responsible when they take to the roads for the first time. Under-17 driver training generally costs more than on-road driving lessons because a venue needs to be hired for the purpose. However, rates are competitive at £48 per hour.
For more detailed information on Drive B4 U Turn 17, check out the website, where you can see photos and video footage of previous training sessions.