YOUNG DRIVER™ has created a range of special cars for 5 – 10 year olds to drive at various locations around the UK. Called “Firefly”, the two-seater cars were especially styled for Young Driver by veteran car designer Chris Johnson. Firefly cars feature independent suspension, disc brakes, twin electric motors, rack and pinion steering, indicators and head lights – making them drive and handle just like real cars on the road! Prices start at just £19.95 for a 20 minute experience!
The cars are two seaters with an adjustable drivers seat, so youngsters can be accompanied by mum or dad. With a top speed of 10 mph, each car features an innovative and patented safety system that uses special sensors to detect obstacles and bring the car to a halt, avoiding collision. Parents can also use a remote control cut off switch in case of emergency.
The lessons last 20 minutes which includes a 5 minute briefing and consent form signing. Then the kids got 15 minutes driving on one of the realistic road systems. Unfortunately it was a really windy day so the signs kept blowing over but the kids still got a good idea how the road system worked and even got to tackle junctions and a roundabout.
After they had been taught how to drive the Firefly they got to take their parents for a ride. I got to be a passenger in Boo’s car whist Bugs took Daddy for a ride!
Here they are at the end of their lesson with their very own Firefly driving license. The kids both had a great time, Boo felt she was a bit old for the Firefly and is very eager to have a go in a real car now so I’ll be getting her booked in to have a lesson in one of those next.
* We received these lessons free of charge for the purpose of this post.