Tell your grandkids to hit the road and they’ll thank you forever

Young Driver lessons are the gift that’ll last a lifetime

If you have grandchildren under seventeen, tell them to hit the road. We mean that in the nicest possible way.

It turns out that instead of doing what we did and starting driving lessons at 17 or later (with a few bumps along the way as you learned not to show off to friends after passing your test), but instead learning to drive earlier, you will become a better, safer and more considerate driver. 


Written in partnership with Young Driver.

A three generational family stands in front of a red London bus with Young Driver written on the sideCredit: Young Driver

The numbers are incredible. For new drivers who start learning when they’re 17 or older, 20% of them will have an accident in the first six months after passing their driving test. But for people who learned to drive earlier with Young Driver, that figure falls to just 3.2%. 

Young Driver is the UK’s largest driving school for under-17s, and its lessons make a great gift for any young child in your life: they’re tons of fun, and they teach your loved ones skills that’ll keep them safer for life.


Saga Exceptional reader offer

Young Driver is currently offering Saga Exceptional readers 10% off lessons and 10% off gift vouchers*.

All you need to do is enter the code exceptional10 at the checkout.

The offer’s available to you right up until the end of October 2023.

Young drivers are safer drivers

It’s all about brains. Young brains are still developing, and skills we learn and practice when we’re younger create connections in our brains that last a lifetime: whether it’s playing piano or controlling a car, the earlier we learn, the more skilled we become.

A child who learns how to drive a car safely when they’re not allowed on the roads will be much more confident, capable and careful when they’re old enough for on-road-lessons. 

Mark Beaumont is a Young Driver instructor. “Give me a ten-year-old for an hour’s lesson and we’ll cover what a seventeen-year-old would do in two to three hours,” he says. “Younger kids learn better and faster than adults.”

The lessons take place on private land in dual-controlled cars, and every instructor is fully qualified, safety and security checked and approved by the government certification scheme.

A silver driving instructor's car with Young Driver written on the side.Credit: Young Driver

Young Driver lessons are lots of fun, but as marketing head Sue Waterfield explains, “there is a serious safety message running through everything we do.”

Young Driver was founded after a ground-breaking Swedish study found that young drivers became better drivers, and in the 13 years since it’s delivered over 1.2 million lessons to help children go on to become smarter, safer drivers.

“Our research with past pupils consistently shows that there’s a drastically reduced accident rate for those who have had early driver training,” Waterfield says.

Tons of fun, and learning that’ll last a lifetime

One of the biggest differences is that there’s no pressure to prepare for a driving test: children can take their time and really get to grips with the skills needed.

By the time they’re ready to apply for a provisional licence, all of the most important driving skills are already second nature – so “they can use their on-road lessons to focus on the more nuanced aspects of driving, such as hazard awareness and dealing with other road users,” Waterfield says. 

Younger children are more receptive to safety messages: as we all know, teenagers tend to think they’re immortal. By emphasising the importance of road safety from a younger age, Young Driver ensures that the message is remembered forever.

A red driving instructor's car with Young Driver written on the side.Credit: Young Driver

More than just motoring

Young Driver delivers benefits beyond driving. As award-winning author, international speaker and adolescent development expert Nicola Morgan explains, the lessons “can be of huge benefit to confidence and well-being.”

Because driving uses different skills to the subjects the child is using in school, it can help children experience success and create what Morgan describes as an “I can do this!” attitude that can help in lots of other areas. 

It’s also a really great way to help grandchildren who might be feeling awkward or sad. “A great deal of brain bandwidth is used for driving,” Morgan explains. “That means any worries or obsessive thoughts take a break.”

A child sitting in the driver's seat of a carCredit: Young Driver

Young Driver can also boost self-esteem in very significant ways. It tells the child that adults trust them enough to take on one of the most difficult, dangerous and grown-up challenges, and because driving seems really hard at first but does become easier over time, the child will see their skills improve with every single lesson. That’s great for building confidence. 

Pupils with additional needs – physical disabilities, sensory impairment or neurological conditions – are very welcome, and instructors are highly experienced with people of all ages with all kinds of requirements.

People who thought they’d never be allowed to drive a car can experience the fun of driving in a completely safe and supportive environment.

Even younger kids can take to the wheel

If your grandchildren aren’t quite 10 yet – don’t worry. Kids as young as 4 can begin their learning to drive journey, as Young Driver also has a specially created electric Firefly Sport car for younger budding motorists! 

A young girl driving a FireFly SportCredit: Young Driver

The gift that’s – ahem – wheely good

If you’d like to give a young child in your life the gift of a Young Driver experience, there’s never been a better time to do it: Young Driver is currently offering Saga Exceptional readers 10% off lessons and 10% off gift vouchers*.

All you need to do is enter the code exceptional10 at the checkout.

The offer’s available to you right up until the end of October 2023.

Find out more about Young Driver

Ts&Cs apply:

Single use discount code
Offer valid until October 31 2023
Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer


Written by an Exceptional journalist, in partnership with Young Driver. The content was written in response to a brief and fact-checked by our commercial partner.

Carrie Marshall

Written by Carrie Marshall she/her


Writer, broadcaster and musician Carrie Marshall has been a technology journalist for 24 years. Her CV is a who’s-who of magazines, websites and newspapers ranging from T3, Techradar and Woman & Home to the Sunday Post and People’s Friend, and she has been providing no-nonsense technology help and buying advice to BBC Radio Scotland listeners since the early 2000s.

Carrie has written and co-written nearly twenty books as well as a BBC radio documentary series, and her memoir Carrie Kills A Man is on sale now.

Carrie is particularly interested in how technology can make our lives easier, especially if that gives her an excuse to buy yet another kitchen gadget.

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