A NEW youngsters’ driving programme developed by Land Rover is being piloted at Ragley Hall, near Alcester.
The Start Off-Road scheme allows 11- to 17-year-olds to get behind the wheel of a Range Rover Evoque and experience true off-road driving, teaching skills and techniques that the youngsters will utilise throughout their future years both on and off road.
Participants have the chance to experience driving techniques including basics such as steering, braking and reversing, as well as more advanced skills, such as climbing and descending hills, crossing ditches and ridges, negotiating ruts, wet grass and mud, and even crossing water.
Statistics show that younger drivers pick up new skills easier and are more open to learning good driving habits. By instilling the basics in them at an early stage it is hoped that they will gain invaluable experience for later in life.
Each student receives a log book in which to record progress so that when they go again —to the same venue or another venue—they pick up where they left off.
Each Range Rover Evoque is fitted with dual controls for safety as well as an automatic gearbox, and a dedicated team of instructors are on hand to take participants through every scenario. Parents can also take part in the activity.
David Saunders, general manager of Land Rover Experience said: “The Land Rover Start Off-Road programme is designed to offer youngsters something unique that they wouldn’t usually be able to experience.
“Not only is it a fun day out, it also teaches an invaluable skill set to youngsters before they can even obtain a licence. It helps instill confidence in them, gives them a head start and should help make for proficient driving in the future.”
The courses take place on Saturday 19th October and Sunday 17th November. For more details visit www.startoff-road.com
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