Drivers as young as 10 get behind the wheel at Norfolk showground in new road safety drive

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Instructor Ernie Griffiths with

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Instructor Ernie Griffiths with Alfie Skerritt, 11, from Thorpe Hamlet. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

For most youngsters, playing a racing game on their computer is the closest they can get to getting behind the wheel of a car.

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Instructor Ernie Griffiths with

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Instructor Ernie Griffiths with Alfie Skerritt, 11, from Thorpe Hamlet. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

But children as young as 10 have now been given the chance to drive cars for real at the Norfolk Showground as part of a new road safety drive.

Young Driver Training set up a specially-designed course at the Costessey-based site on Saturday (December 9) to give them a chance to drive in a safe but realistic environment.

The company has run the training – which starts at a cost £34.95 for lessons – across the country in a bid to reduce the death and injury rate of young drivers, with statistics showing one in five newly-qualified drivers are involved in an accident within six months of getting their full licences.

It believes that if young people get behind the wheel of a car earlier in life, it will make them more safety conscious when they start learning to drive for real.

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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A total of 30 youngsters took part in the 60-minute courses which have been given the green light by parents.

Shaun Davey, 45, from the Thorpe Hamlet area of Norwich, brought son Alfie, 11, along to have a go. He said: 'It was a birthday present for Alfie and he enjoyed himself. It's just getting him introduced to cars.'

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Alfie, a Lionwood Junior School pupil, said: 'I really enjoyed it.'

Gary Cork, 52, who took his 16-year-old daughter Lucy, was also delighted with the scheme.

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Instructor Ernie Griffiths with

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Instructor Ernie Griffiths with Alfie Skerritt, 11, from Thorpe Hamlet. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

He said: 'I think it's brilliant to let the kids know how to handle a car before they drive on the road.'

Grant Crockart, 48, from Wymondham, took his son, Adam, 14, to have a go.

He said: 'I think it's a great idea. This is an experience for him - he loves cars. This will be his first time behind the wheel.

'I think it's a good thing for him to get in a car to experience a drive in that controlled environment.'

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Driving lessons being given to young drivers at Norfolk Showground. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Chris Reid, team manager at Young Driver Training, said the response had been 'excellent', with the course fully booked.

He said: 'Parents have been really positive and they can see the benefits of what we're trying to achieve in terms of road safety and providing them practical experience in a controlled environment about safer driving.'

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

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