BUDDING motorists will have the chance to drive a car for the first time at Bentley Motors in Crewe next month.

The Young Driver event on Saturday, December 1, will enable 11-17 year-olds to drive a car in a safe and realistic environment.

Using dual-controlled vehicles, novice motorists will be encouraged to progress from a beginners’ zone to mocked-up road systems, with traffic signs, junctions and parking bays.

The event is inspired by research suggesting that early driver training can reduce accidents in newly qualified motorists by 45 per cent.

Former Top Gear presenter, Quentin Willson, said: “I took my son to Young Driver and I have never seen him concentrate so hard. Young Driver is a road safety revolution in the making.”

A personalised drive diary can chart how drivers progress, 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, director of Young Driver, said: “With one in five young people crashing within six months of passing their tests, anything that reduces accidents among this group is a good thing.

“66,000 lessons have now been delivered by Young Driver across the UK, which will make a huge difference when it is time for these youngsters to take to the roads for real.

“At Bentley Motors, there is ample space to drive, with plenty of room for different zones and driving challenges.”

Places must be booked in advance.

  • For more information, or to book a 30 minute session, £29.99 or a 60 minute session, £57.99, visit www.youngdriver.eu or call 0844 371 9010.