During half term the boys were invited by Admiral young driver to Manchester for their first driving lesson. Yes, you read that correctly my 5 year old and 7 year old were invited for a driving lesson and boy were they excited. I’m not talking about a go kart lesson or a car that is on rails but a lesson in a firefly care that the boys control themselves. For all their excitement I was matching it with nerves but I knew this was an experience they would treasure so off we went to Manchester.
When we arrived at the Etihad stadium we were greeted by a great big promotional bus, lots of learner driver cars, a Bentley and a separate course set up with two firefly cars on it and lots of exited youngsters and anxious looking parents. The boys were beside themselves and desperate to get driving, luckily we didn’t have to wait to long.
Both boys were introduced to separate instructors and had private one to one lessons. This consisted on them sitting in the car with the instructor who explained how to use the key, the accelerator and the brake and then they drove the instructor round the course. Now this in itself would have been wonderful enough but as the instructor was taking the boys round the course he was explaining road safety to them, showing them the stop signs and where to give way. They even had a mini roundabout set up and were shown how to go round this the correct way and how to give way to the right.
Once the instructor was confident the boys had listened and understood what was expected of them we were asked if we would like to be DRIVEN BY OUR BOYS! This is definitely something I will never forget. I went with the big’un and it was such a surreal experience, not only was he having a blast and driving sensibly but he was talking me through what he was doing and why he had to go a certain way and why he had to stop at certain signs and check for traffic. I was amazed he had managed to listen and retain so much information, especially as he was practically bouncing with excitement before he got in the car.
It is fair to say that as experiences go this was a winner for both our boys and being given an actual drivers licence that they had to sign at the end was the icing on the cake for them. However it did take a while to convince the tiddler that he couldn’t actually drive us home down the M6.
If you have children aged 5-10 then I would highly recommend you check out these firefly driving lessons that cost £19.95 for 20 minutes and not only give a great experience but also teach the basics of road safety. They also offer driving parties which I am currently eyeing up fort the big’un and his mates.
If you have a child aged 10 or over then check out the driving lessons they offer in real cars. Don’t panic, they are dual controlled and on a car park or secured area but teaching children the fundamentals of driving and instilling the basic road safety and giving them confidence will only benefit them in the long run.
Admiral young driver travel up and down the country offering these sessions so check out the dates for when they are next near you and book a special treat for your little learner driver.
(Admiral young driver provided da driving lesson for the boys in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own)