Young Driver 2018

How to drive a car if you’re underage – legally

Young Driver 2018Are you aged 10-16 and think you’re pretty handy behind the wheel? Don’t let the lack of a driving licence put you off: enter the Young Driver Challenge 2018, prove your driving prowess, and you could be rewarded with prizes including cash, free driving lessons and free meals out with your family.

The competition is open to youngsters whose age is in double figures: so, as much as seven years away from legally being able to drive. It is run by Young Driver, which gives kids the opportunity to get behind the wheel in dual-control cars with fully qualified instructors.

It runs at more than 50 venues across the UK, so you won’t have to travel too far: the 40 best scores across the country go into the final to find the Best Young Driver in Britain.

Young Driver 2018

There are two categories, those aged 10-13 and 14-16; the national final takes place on September 22 at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. 20 drivers from each of the categories will go along. It’s the first time the final’s been held there and organisers describe it as a “brilliant venue”.

Laura White, head of marketing for Young Driver, said: “The aim of Young Driver has always been to create a safer next generation of drivers. Research shows that teaching children at a younger age, and over a longer period, is key to getting them the experience they need to be able to react quickly and appropriately when they do get on the road for real.

“People are often amazed at the skill shown by some of our young drivers – even at just 10 – but their brains are like sponges and they absorb all the information and road safety points without having the pressure to pass a test, or the need to prove to peers that they can do it.”

Fancy entering? Head on to and start showing everyone why you’re a driving star of the future. Still need to sell the idea to your parents? Try this fact; pre-17-driving tuition has been shown to cut the accident rate of newly qualified drivers in half, to just 1 in 10…

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