Review: Learning to Drive with Admiral Young Driver

My eldest was recently given the chance to drive a car.

Yes you read that right, a 10 year old in a car. A proper, fully functioning car.

Young Driver experience

I must admit initially I was a bit nervous letting her do this as had visions of her crashing straight into a wall or something, but she completely surprised me! (With trained instructors that was unlikely to happen anyway!!)

So why under 17 year olds in cars when they can’t legally drive?

Admiral young driver

 

According to Admiral Young Driver research has shown that early driving experience cuts road accidents by 40%. Anything that can cut road accidents by 40% is a good thing!

Peace of Mind

The cars used by Admiral Young Driver are new Skoda cars fitted with dual controls. In addition to this Admiral Young Driver have a child protection policy in place with all their instructors being DBS checked.

Admiral Young Driver Skoda CitagoPrices

You have a choice of a 30 minute lesson or a 60 minute lesson in the Skoda:

30 minutes: £34.95

60 minutes: £64.95

We experienced the 60 minute lesson and could clearly see her confidence building up as the lesson progressed.

Height

To be able to drive the car you must be a minimum of 1.4m. My eldest was just over this but even then she needed a cushion and the instructor also mentioned that she did find it hard to see the cones in the road. On that basis I personally will be waiting until she has grown a bit more before even considering any more lessons. NOTE: although the cars in the pictures/video say 11-17, Admiral Young Driver have recently reduced the age to 10.

The lesson

Our lesson was held in Leicester at the National Space Centre. It is one of Admiral Young Drivers new venues and they are planning to open 10-15 more venues this year. So it will be worth checking later if there isn’t currently a venue near you.

You have the option to have the lesson filmed for £14.99 with the in car camera. However, as my eldest is a bit camera shy she opted out of this (even though I wanted her to get it filmed).

Once you are signed in and told who your instructor is you head over to the cars and await your turn. The instructor teaches you about adjusting the cars seat and mirrors before you set off and also explains the controls. We didn’t have to wait long before she set off in the car.

Drive Diary

With your first lesson you get a Drive Diary which explains all the different levels. There are 6 different lessons which obviously get more complex as you have more lessons.

In addition to that you can record your progress with the instructor signing the page once you have completed the level. There is also lesson diary pages in which the instructor can write down what you need more practice on.

Our Thoughts

The whole process was very well organised; we had to sign in at the Space Centre and then head over to where the lessons were taking place and await our turn. The instructors already knew who they were giving lessons to so simply called out your name when they were ready.

As my eldest was getting in the car there was a slight disagreement between two of the instructors which I felt could have waited until there were no drivers around. However it did not affect the lesson itself. My eldest loved her lesson, and I could clearly see her confidence growing as the time went on and she relaxed with her instructor. The hour literally flew by.

Would I give her more lessons? She HAS asked if she can have more as she loved the experience so much. However I personally will be waiting as she is a bit taller so she can clearly see out of the car and around her as she did struggle a bit.

A fantastic one off experience for now but we will likely make use of more lessons when she is slightly older.

Admiral Young Driver Lessons for 10-17 year olds

Disclosure: We were offered a 60 minute lesson for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

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12 Comments

  1. May 23, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Wow thats awesome! I’d be thrilled to have my girls get a feel of driving before 17 as it is such an important life long skill. I’m sure a one-off lesson at an earlier age will definitely help in gaining the confidence or rather interest in driving when the time actually comes.

  2. May 23, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Wow I didn’t know they offered children driving lessons I know that in some parts of the USA farm children can drive legally at age 14

  3. May 23, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    My Daughter had these and loved them. I think they are a good concept of learning before getting out on the open roads within a lesson

  4. May 23, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Both of my boys are desperate to try this. it was fully booked up in my area for near their birthdays, so I am looking for Christmas

  5. May 23, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    10 year old driving a car!! Sounds scary. With an instructor it should be safe. Personally, I would not prefer seeing my children drive at such a tender age.

  6. May 24, 2017 / 3:40 am

    I learned how to drive at a very young age as well (not ten though). I think this is a great learning experience and in the long run, does give young drivers more confidence in being cautious drivers.

  7. May 24, 2017 / 4:35 am

    My thoughts exactly, Haya. Ten year old driving a car! But I guess it’s a good skill to have in case of an emergency when there’s no one else around. Always be prepared! 😉

  8. May 24, 2017 / 11:04 am

    I love the sound of this and I know that my kids would too!

  9. May 25, 2017 / 3:52 am

    This is so awesome, I had no idea these kinds of lessons existed for 10 year olds! I can see why such a service exists though, as it would give children not only the skills to drive, but also the confidence!

  10. May 25, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Oh woow, this is a really good idea – even though it does sound a little scary for 10 year olds. But I can imagine it definitely being a confidence booster, as well other skills and at the very least a very fun experience 🙂

  11. May 28, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I think this is actually really awesome! It’s a great idea to get kids comfortable behind a wheel, and I’m sure it will take a lot of stress off of the parents when they have to teach them later on lol. Omgosh I remember learning how to drive and my mother was so nervous, I had to learn from my Aunt instead lol!

  12. Zainab
    Jun 1, 2017 / 1:42 am

    Mashallah, this was very a informative review. For some reason I am terrified to learn how to drive but reading this got me thinking maybe I need to get over my fear.

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