Launched in 2009 in conjunction with Seat, the Young Driver scheme is the biggest such programme in the UK, offering driving instruction to youngsters aged 11-17.
In 2013 Seat was replaced by Skoda, the latter brand supplying a fleet of Citigos to be used across the programme’s 30 training sites around the UK. We’re big fans of the Skoda Citigo here at FirstCar, and of the Young Driver programme too, as it offers under-17s the chance to get behind the wheel of a decent car in a safe environment, with properly qualified instructors.
Young Driver offers a brilliant opportunity to learn key driving skills before you hit your 17th birthday
While the cost quickly adds up if you use the scheme regularly, Young Driver offers a brilliant opportunity to learn key driving skills before you hit your 17th birthday. Young Driver is sponsored by Admiral and has delivered well over 100,000 lessons to date, all on traffic-free areas such as shopping centre car parks, schools and academies.
Complete and realistic road systems are created including junctions and roundabouts, road signs, traffic lights and parking areas, giving youngsters a head-start in learning car control skills and safe motoring.
In 2013 alone, the Young Driver programme delivered 60,000 lessons and also started 'Young Driver At School', an initiative which takes driving lessons to the playground.
"It's vital work because young people are the most vulnerable on the road," said Young Driver’s Kim Stanton. "One in five will crash within six months of passing their test. Young Driver can reduce inexperienced motorists' accident rates by 50%."
The Citigos all come with dual controls and some will have an automatic transmission and hand controls for use by disabled youngsters, including wheelchair-users.