Kids as young as 11 can get behind the wheel with groundbreaking course in Sunderland

Young drivers to get behind the wheel.

Young drivers to get behind the wheel.

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A groundbreaking driver training course for youngsters is heading to the city.

Aimed at 11-17-year-olds, the Young Driver event will be held in Sunderland for the first time on Sunday, August 2, with a specially designed course on the top floor of the car park at The Bridges shopping centre.

The scheme gives anyone over the age of 11 the chance to drive a car in a safe but realistic environment.

Shockingly, two out of ten newly qualified drivers crash within six months of passing their test, rising to 40 per cent of 17-year-old males.

Only eight per cent of drivers are aged 17–24 and yet they account for a 30 per cent of people who are killed in cars every year.

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 half.

At a Young Driver session dual controlled cars are used and tuition is provided by highly qualified CRB-checked driving instructors.

Kim Stanton from Young Driver said: “We’re delighted to be coming to Sunderland for the first time and look forward to welcoming a new generation of young drivers.

“Young Driver lessons have now been delivered to more than 200,000 11-17-year-olds across the UK which will make a huge difference when it is time for them to take to the roads for real.

Thirty or sixty minute lessons must be booked in advance and cost from £34.95.

Young Driver has also confirmed dates in Sunderland of September 6 and October 4. To book visit www.youngdriver.eu.