I never thought that Monkey would be learning to drive at the tender age of five! He literally has only just turned five a couple of weeks ago so is probably one of the youngest kids to have tried out the Firefly with Young Driver
. When we told Monkey he was going for a driving lesson he was really excited and couldn’t wait. However as we walked across the tarmac at Kempton Park Race Course the nerves started to kick in and he wanted us to accompany him round the circuit. I did suddenly think to myself perhaps this is a mistake, perhaps he is too young.
Once we at the desk and started talking to one of the instructors he relaxed when he realised he wouldn’t be in the car alone at any point. They had three cars lined up but we were the only one on the road system. There was a course laid out with cones, which even had a roundabout in the centre. I’m not sure why but I was surprised to see the real road signs! Initially the instructor showed us around the car, told Monkey what made it go and more importantly what made it stop. They then went round the course together and the instructor showed him the signs and what they meant, when he should stop and taught him how to steer. He seemed to get the hang of it pretty quickly the look on concentration on his face was brilliant. The only thing he struggled with was feeding the steering wheel through his hands instead he steered in one motion.
I think this was because he doesn’t have the upper body strength needed. One he had gone round with the instructor a couple of times it was my turn. It was a little nerve wracking as the electric car can go up to ten mile per hour and he seemed to forget everything that the instructor had told him once I got in the car! He really enjoyed driving mummy around for a change, especially when we got to the road-a-bout.
After my turn he then took Daddy in and seemed to do much better with him, which makes me wonder if thats something to do with my driving!! The lesson is twenty minutes in total which included the instructors brief at the beginning. The reason they keep it to twenty minutes is because they start to loose concentration after that period of time. Although Monkey was really enjoying it you could tell he was getting a little tired.
At the end of the process he got a little plastic drivers license which he needed to sign. He was so proud of his licence that he intends on taking it to school for show and tell. At the end of our lesson we were told that if we come back next time he could start to learn about manoeuvres such as parallel parking. Of course thats all we have had since… Mummy when am I going to have another driving lesson? So I am taking that the driving lesson was a huge hit and that we will be back for more.
Firefly Driving Lessons have been specifically designed for 5-10 year olds. The two seater cars were especially styled for Young Driver, featuring 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. A twenty minute session costs £19.95 and is bookable across nine centres in the UK. You can see a full list of venues and dates on their website under their Firefly section. Young Drivers also offer driving lessons for 10- 17 year olds in dual control Vauxhall Corsas, prices start at £34.95 for thirty minutes, more details can be found on their website.
If you would like to try out a Firefly lesson for your little one, Young Driver have given you the chance to win your own lesson. Please enter via the Gleam application and note the T&C below.
Firefly Driving Lesson with Young Driver for 5-10 year olds
- Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
- There is no cash alternative offered
- The winner will be drawn at random and receive a Firefly 5-10 year old driving lesson
- The competition will close on 9th August at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
- The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and contact details so that a lesson at their chosen venue can be booked. Please see link above for venues and dates – subject to suitability
I have some other giveaways running at the moment so please check them out in the Blog Giveaways Page above.
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We were given a complementary lesson in return for this honest review. All opinions and words are my own