Why Under 17 Driving Lessons?

Under 17 Driving Lessons – are you looking for an award-winning driving school?

Under 17 driving lessons are a great way for young people to experience how it feels to get behind the wheel for the first time.  Only fully qualified driving instructors work with us, so feel confident about booking with us!  Our under 17 driving lessons take place on private car parks, so a provisional driving license is not required.  Book a wonderful driving experience with us now!

Under 17 driving lessons are an essential learning experience for every young driver.  Develop the right attitudes and learn fundamental car control with our under 17 driving lessons.  Our driving school for under 17’s can help to keep you safer on the road!  Our courses are highly engaging and fun!

Young drivers can’t gain a full UK driving license until they reach 17 years of age.  However, when they do, research shows that: young drivers aged 17-19 make up only 1.5% of all UK licence holders [a], but these same young drivers are involved in 9% of all fatal and serious crashes where they are the driver [b].

Data on British young drivers shows that:

  • Young drivers aged 16-19 are a third more likely to die in a crash than drivers aged 40-49 [c].
  • One in four 18-24 year olds (23%) crash within two years of passing their driving test [d].
  • Young male drivers are involved in many more crashes than young female drivers [e].


[a] Full and provisional driving licences by age and gender, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, 2015

[b] Reported road casualties Great Britain 2014, Department for Transport, 2015, table RAS30011

[c] Reported road casualties Great Britain 2014, Department for Transport, 2015, table RAS30025

[d] Young drivers at risk, The AA, 2012

[e] Reported road casualties Great Britain 2014, Department for Transport, 2015, table RAS30011

These ‘young driver’ statistics are very alarming.  Driving lessons for under 17’s can be a way to reduce the likelihood of your son or daughter being killed or seriously injured on the road.

Our driving instructors for under 17’s are here to teach valuable life skills for staying safer on the road.  Road safety and learning to drive is a serious subject. Our under 17 driving lessons are very relaxed and an enjoyable way to learn valuable skills.  It’s what we do, and we love the job.

Many of our under 17 driving instructors have qualifications which greatly supersede the bog standard ‘Approved Driving Instructor’ from the DVSA.   We have worked with RoSPA and the IAM too.

Why are under 17 driving lessons vital?

Under 17 driving lessons are vital because young drivers are significantly more at risk on the road.  Research shows that the problem boils down to youth and inexperience:

  • Young drivers are less able to spot hazards early and plan effectively for them.
  • Young drivers are also more likely to be risk takers.

This means that:

  • Crash risk reduces over time with experience.
  • Crash risk is reduced for drivers who start driving at a younger age.

Driving lessons for under 17 can certainly help here.  Our driving instructors are passionate about road safety.  Our under 17 driving school could be the right start for your son or daughter.

Specific ‘high risk’ (HR) characteristics of young drivers include:

  • HR1 – Over confidence.
    The practical skills of moving a vehicle can be mastered fairly quickly. As a result, the young person can develop an over confidence.  The real issue here is that hazard identification is a much more difficult task to master and takes time and experience to handle effectively [1]. This often means that young drivers could be in real danger when they think they are in control [2].  As the skills of the young driver develops, they are more likely to take dangerous risks [3].  Research shows that young drivers who self-assess their driving skills with over confidence are much more likely to crash during their first 2 years of gaining a driving license [4].

[1] Effects of higher-order driving skill training on young, inexperienced drivers, The University of Waikato, 2011

[2] Young driver accidents in the UK: the influence of age, experience, and time of day, The University of Nottingham, 2006

[3] Young drivers make fewer steering errors but take more risks as they gain experience, Centre for Automotive Safety Research, 2012

[4] A longitudinal study of calibration in young novice drivers, SWOV, 2010

Choose our under 17 driving school to teach the necessary skills!

  • HR2 – Poor harzard identification.
    There are many hazards on the road. A lot are easy to identify.  However, there are a lot of hidden hazards which are more difficult to spot.  It takes a lot more experience to ‘see’ these hidden problems.

Research [1] shows that:

  • Young drivers pay less attention than they should.
  • Young drivers demonstrate less visual awareness.
  • Young drivers lack good hazard recognition and avoidance skills.
  • Young drivers are less able to judge appropriate speed for the road and weather conditions.

[1] Young novice drivers: careless or clueless? Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2003

Our driving lessons for under 17s help to develop these skills at an earlier age.  More experience means potentially safer on the road!

  • HR3 – Higher volume of risk-taking behaviour.
    Research [1] from the road charity ‘Brake’ indicates that young people are far more likely to take high risks, including:
  • Speeding
  • Overtaking on blind bend
  • Drink/drug driving
  • Not wearing a seatbelt

 [1] Young Drivers, Brake and Direct Line, 2012

Our under 17 driving lessons will focus in on these issues.  Our under 17 driving school is here to help your son or daughter become aware of these serious issues.


Why Choose our Under 17 driving school

  1. Friendly and patient driving instructors
  2. Nervous/Anxious pupils driving school specialist
  3. Award winning (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  4. No shout guarantee
  5. Choice of male/female driving instructors
  6. Foreign languages catered for


Under 17 driving lessons – The Prices

The price of an under 17 driving lesson (14-17 yrs) is £34.95 for a 30 MIN LESSON.
If you would like longer, why not book a 60 minute driving lesson (14-17 yrs) for just £64.95

Call us on 0800 566 8636 to discuss your requirements.