When we arrived we realised the lessons at the venue we chose (Nottingham Queens Drive) are held at a Park and Ride that is not used on Sundays. This meant that there was a lot of space and the set up was brilliant. I didn’t count at the time but I think there were around 10 young people all having lessons at the same time but the huge space involved meant that this was perfect. There were parents everywhere behind the safety ropes, all with cameras out and the young people were a mixture of ages.
As soon as we arrived it was obvious where to go and the staff had a timetable and could straight away tell us the name of Ben’s instructor and were friendly and chatty. There was the opportunity to pay an additional £14.99 for a video of the lesson which showed both Ben driving and the road so we could watch back what he had done. We opted for this as it was his first lesson and we thought a great memento though I think if we book subsequent lessons we wouldn’t keep paying for that.
The lesson was absolutely brilliant, I was allowed to sit in the back so I could watch everything that was happening. I was very impressed by the way the instructor Jerry spoke to Ben, he had great patience and was clear with his instructions and questions. The lesson was relaxed and the whole experience was fun. I had expected the lesson to consist of Ben mostly driving just around in circles and with lots of help from the instructor however this was not the case. Ben got to accelerate and managed around 20mph at one point, he got to reverse, drive through narrow cones, and in a figure of 8. The car park had various obstacles like this set up which Ben got to try out. As other young drivers were also driving around the huge car park area so they were also in a sense obstacles for Ben to negotiate! I took so many photos and videos of the lesson from inside the car and Stuart was watching the lesson from outside and also got many photos and videos.
The lesson took place in a Skoda Citigo, a small car perfect for this lesson. The car was basic enough that there was not too much for Ben to understand and the camera was discrete enough to not distract Ben. At 5ft 3inches tall Ben was a great height for driving the car but I saw taller young people also enjoying their lessons. I didn’t see any much shorter than Ben but that could be just by chance I imagine a shorter child would be fine too. Admiral Young Driver state that a child must be 142cm to have a lesson and be between 10 and 17 years old. They do however have another option for 5 to 10 year olds if you have a young child who is keen to have a go!
Whilst we recorded a lot of footage I have compiled for you some of the key moments of the lesson as it was an hour long and I am sure no one would want to sit and watch the entire lesson! If anyone would like me to check if I have specific clips do let me know and I can have a look through everything we recorded and the in car video we paid for also.
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