The Benefit of Driving Lessons for Under 17 Year Olds

Have you a son or daughter who’s under 17, but is desperate to get driving as soon as possible?

Some teenagers just cannot wait to get behind the wheel of a car – for some it’s the idea of independence that attracts them, but for others it’s almost essential if they live somewhere without a regular bus service. This article is all about Andy1st driving school.

Helping a teenager learns to drive as soon as possible and starting them off on the road to being a safe driver can go hand in hand. It is an unfortunate fact that drivers aged between 17 and 24 are more likely to have an accident than any other age group. If parents take an interest in their teenager’s desire to start driving and support those throughout they are likely to learn the correct skills to help keep them safe.

Many centres across the country offer driving lessons for fewer than 17 year olds. Obviously all lessons are off road – some on private industrial estates or purpose build driving centres, and some on racetracks. All should be offered by qualified driving instructors. Some offer sample driving lessons – for example as a ‘driving experience’, but the best ones to go for offer a course of lessons which will mimic the actual on the road driving lessons which will become possible at the age of 17. The teenager will learn how cockpit drill, how to start the car and move off, clutch control, changing gear and being able to control the car in total safety. Apart from not being on the public roads, the driving lessons should be virtually identical to the real thing, and a driving record should be provided.

Sometimes it is possible to continue with the same instructor once that magic 17th birthday is reached, sometimes you might want to look for a new instructor with a different teaching style. Whoever you decide to go with, when the day arrives, and it’s time for a first proper on the road lesson, the driving record will show the standard of driving the pupil has already reached.

Having already learned basic car control in a safe environment, being on the road surrounded by traffic won’t be so scary – for example, the chances of stalling at a junction are reduced, and at least the knowledge of how to restart the car and pull off properly will already be there.

If possible, driving lessons for under 17 year olds should be taken monthly. I suggest that starting too early will result in boredom, as there are only so many things you can learn and practice without being able to drive on the public road.