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cpas

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1,661 posts

161 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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Evening all.

My 11 year old and 9 year old have both had a 'go' at driving on private land, in a field, but this is not available any more. Is there anywhere they can have a driving experience? Something like 'red letter days' require them to be 14 years old, and are quite expensive. Are there any companies that let younger kids drive?

Fleckers

2,395 posts

122 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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bluewater do a kids thing

dont know the limiets on age or height though

EmmaJ

4,500 posts

67 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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cpas said:
Evening all.

My 11 year old and 9 year old have both had a 'go' at driving on private land, in a field, but this is not available any more. Is there anywhere they can have a driving experience? Something like 'red letter days' require them to be 14 years old, and are quite expensive. Are there any companies that let younger kids drive?
Youngdriver.eu do driving lessons for 11year olds as long as they are 1.42m tall.

One of the places they do lessons is at Bluewater

Pablo68

910 posts

56 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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SystemParanoia

13,445 posts

119 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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birmingham wheels.

also saw something up in brierly hill's water front too smile
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RedAndy

451 posts

75 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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Tockwith Circuit (in York though). But you can learn to drive, have a go in a jcb, artic, double decker, FFord or a Ginetta. all good fun...

Lynch91

449 posts

60 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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Depending how tall they are then mercedes world: http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedking...

Raggie

46 posts

123 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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I guess it depends on where you are... The MB World have a kids driving experience.

The only requirement is a height of 1.5M rather than any specific age.

Our girls has a fab day on the 4x4 course.

ejenner

795 posts

102 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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Karting. Tell them not to be frightened and to keep their foot down. Will soon learn how to drive.

jagnet

2,117 posts

123 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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For longer term development of driving skills rather than one off days there's the Under 17 Car Club.

cpas

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1,661 posts

161 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Youngdriver looks good, and they are near to us. Mercedes Benz World seem to have too many T&C's, and your half hour includes introductions etc so you would probably only drive for 10 minutes! And they sting you for an extra £15 for insurance!!

SystemParanoia

13,445 posts

119 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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jagnet said:
For longer term development of driving skills rather than one off days there's the Under 17 Car Club.
thats an Mp4 12-c on the home page isnt it?

can i have a go in that! lol

ChasW

1,780 posts

123 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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We live near TRL in Berkshire

http://www.trl.co.uk/

One of my kids went on a scheme for young drivers 3-6 months before she turned 17 and started lessons. It was run by a group of driving instructors. The kids get to drive around the track and learn how to control the vehicle before they have to master the public highway. Saves illicit driving lessons in car parks.

EmmaJ

4,500 posts

67 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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cpas said:
Thanks for the suggestions.

Youngdriver looks good, and they are near to us. Mercedes Benz World seem to have too many T&C's, and your half hour includes introductions etc so you would probably only drive for 10 minutes! And they sting you for an extra £15 for insurance!!
Youngdriver is really good. They follow the same structure as any normal ADI would when teaching a regular learner to drive so gets them in the right mindset for when they start proper lessons on the road. It's not cheap at 60 quid per hour but it's pretty much pay, book, arrive and they get to drive!

Kinky

36,321 posts

190 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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jagnet said:
For longer term development of driving skills rather than one off days there's the Under 17 Car Club.
This is the one that I opted for, for Kinky Junior; who ironically starts in a few weeks time bounce

They start at 11 years old. I went to their open day last November at Castle Coombe, and had a 14 year old female take us for a few laps around the circuit in the Kinkmobile.

At first I was hesitant, but I have to be honest, she was flippin awesome eek

I hope K junior drives like her when he gets to 14 smile

Note there's a very long waiting list - so get names on now. I've had K junior down for about 6 years.

JimmyConwayNW

1,806 posts

46 months

Sunday 26th January 2014
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Trafford centre do some lessons in a big car park they have.

Go karting is a very good way to learn the way a car handles and responds to inputs in relative safety.

cahami

922 posts

127 months

Monday 27th January 2014
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This http://drivecardrome.com/ is fairly local to me, i learnt to drive there many moons ago and all 3 of my kids had a good few goes at ages from 11. 12 acres of private roads no age limit roundabouts, traffic lights , hills etc.
Ive not come across another one like it in the in the uk i guess it would be down to planing laws and the fact this has been around for a long time. PS its £15 and you can stay for twelve hours if your nerves and car can take it.

Edited by cahami on Monday 27th January 00:31

Luke94

60 posts

45 months

Monday 27th January 2014
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jagnet said:
For longer term development of driving skills rather than one off days there's the Under 17 Car Club.
+1 I did this from 13-17 and it was amazing. Really well organised and run by a great bunch of people. One year they hired Dunsfold (where they film Top Gear) so I technically have driven around the TG track! You learn in the parents car - mine had a Seat Leon 2.0 TDI, Audi A6 3.2 S Line and Mini Cooper S over that time, all of which were great fun! Would definatley recommend!!