A new fully working car has been designed for five to 10-year-olds to learn to drive in.
Young Driver – the UK’s biggest provider of driving lessons for 10 to 17-year-olds – have unveiled the new vehicle as part of their aim to teach youngsters to drive safely before they even reach the age of getting a licence.
The two-seater car will feature twin electric motors, disc brakes, independent suspension and an emergency stop system which will halt the car if it detects an obstacle.
Parents will also be able to intervene and stop the car if necessary via remote control.
“This is not a toy, it is very definitely a small car,” says Kim Stanton, director of Young Driver.
“We created these training cars for five to 10-year-olds from scratch because nothing existed in the market other than toys and fairground rides, and these don’t give a realistic driving experience.”
The car can reach speeds of up to 10mph and will officially launch next month, its bodywork was styled by car designer Chris Johnson, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the motoring industry.
Youngsters will be able to practice manoeuvring, dealing with junctions and traffic lights, reversing and parking at selected venues across the country.
“By getting behind the wheel of a car and tackling some day-to-day situations, such as junctions, passing cyclists and reversing, this age group will also have a much clearer idea of how to protect themselves as pedestrians or on their bikes,” Stanton adds.
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