Driving lessons for under-10s planned

Driving lessons for under-10s planned

Britain's motorists of tomorrow are to be offered driving lessons in a new electric training car for children aged between five and 10.

Young Driver Motor Cars says the car will initially be used on private land at selected sites across the UK as part of special driving training days.

Although it will only have a top speed of 10mph, children will be able to manoeuvre the Electric Trainer 1 (ET1) car around a network of purpose-built roads, featuring junctions, traffic lights and road markings.

Young Driver Motor Cars is part of Young Driver, an organisation that provides driving lessons to the under-17s.

Over the last seven years it has run lessons for over 300,000 children aged between 10 and 17. The courses aim to encourage safe driving habits that young people can take with them when they are eventually old enough to take to the roads with a provisional licence.

Young Driver's director, Kim Stanton, says the ET1 has been designed to give even younger children a "realistic driving experience" and an insight into road safety that will benefit them as pedestrians, cyclists and future motorists.

It is hoped that the car, which has been unveiled at the Gadget Show and is now in the final stages of pre-production, will eventually be marketed for around £5,000.

As well as a safety system that shuts down the vehicle's twin electric motors if an imminent collision is sensed, a remote control will enable it to be stopped by an instructor or supervising parent.

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