young drivers course

Driving Lessons Launch in Bournemouth for 10-17s

Creating Safer Young Drivers

-Groundbreaking sessions reduce accidents in newly qualified drivers by more than a half

-Scheme to launch in Dorset for the first time in August

A groundbreaking driver training course aimed at 10-17 year olds has announced it will launch in Bournemouth the scheme’s first venue in Dorset!


Shockingly, two out of ten newly qualified drivers crash within six months of passing their test, rising to 40% of 17-year old males. Only 8% of drivers are aged 17 – 24 and yet they account for a worrying 30% of people who are killed in cars every year. Four hundred people are killed in accidents involving young drivers every year in the UK.

But for those who have taken a Young Driver course, the rate of accidents in the first six months after passing their test drops by more than a half, to fewer than one in ten. At a Young Driver session dual controlled cars are used and tuition is provided by highly qualified CRB-checked driving instructors. On a specially constructed road system with traffic signs, and specific areas for practising manoeuvres, youngsters are encouraged to consider responsible driving. A personalised Drive Diary charts how they do and when the young person is ready to take to the roads at 17, their driving instructor will instantly be able to see their previous experience.

Kim Stanton from Young Driver said: “We have been looking for the right venue in Dorset for some time, and we are delighted to now be ready to launch in Bournemouth. The site, as well as being in a great central location just next to Marks & Spencer, is in a large area which will allow us to create an interesting course, providing opportunities for youngsters to try out a variety of driving manoeuvres.

“With 1 in 5 young people crashing within six months of passing their test, it is vital something is done to help our youngsters become safer drivers. Young Driver lessons have now been delivered to more than 350,000 10-17 year olds across the UK which will make a huge difference when it is time for them to take to the roads for real. We believe it is important to train drivers over a longer period of time and that catching youngsters when their attitudes towards driving are still developing is the key to producing a safer driver. By starting at a younger age you can more easily focus on attitude and behaviour and you have a better chance of tackling a young person’s sense of invulnerability.”

Motoring expert and presenter Quentin Willson supports Young Driver, saying: “Both my son, now age 17, and daughter, age 11, have had driving lessons with Young Driver. I think it’s vital - it’s a road safety revolution in the making.”

Driving tuition is available for disabled youngsters and Young Driver can also cater for birthday parties. Thirty or sixty minute lessons must be booked in advance. Lessons start from £34.95.

Young Driver will initially run once a month in Bournemouth, with confirmed dates so far on 14th August, 18th September, 22nd October and 13th November.

For more information, to book a lesson or to buy vouchers visit or call 0844 371 9010.


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