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Silverstone offers driving introductory driving lessons for those aged 13 and up

Silverstone has launched a new young driver initiative, designed to make teenagers safer drivers before they start taking official on-the-road lessons.

Rookie Drive is available for those aged 13 and above. In the two-hour-long course they will be able to familiarise themselves with the controls of a car for the first time.

Fully qualified driving instructors will give the students lessons in a dual-control Renault Clio 200 Cup. The young drivers will be taught clutch control, correct gearchanges, pulling away and navigating obstacles.

Richard Phillips, Silverstone’s managing director, said: “Rookie Drive will show teenagers how to be safe when starting out as a learner driver and it will give them a head start, as well as being a fun experience.

“We are always keen to encourage and support safe driving on the roads.”

In the run-up to Christmas, Silverstone is offering special Rookie Drive vouchers for £45.

Autocar and the AA have recently launched a joint Drive Better campaign, designed to improve standards on Britain’s roads. Part of this includes calling for changes to the driving test, to ensure drivers have more experience before driving on public roads.

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TegTypeR 12 November 2009

Re: New young driver scheme launched

J400uk wrote:
This news article reads like an advert.

I am happy to see this "advertised". The positive advantages that schemes like this have, especially at £45, they should be shouting it from the roof tops!

J400uk 11 November 2009

Re: New young driver scheme launched

These sorts of schemes have been going on for years. This news article reads like an advert.