TEACHING KIDS TO DRIVE GRINDS PARENTS’ GEARS

To celebrate Vauxhall’s new partnership with the Young Driver Programme, which runs courses at venues across the region, new research from local retailer FG Barnes has shown two fifths (41 per cent) of parents are terrified at the thought of their kids driving them around when they’re learning with nearly half (42 per cent) admitting to forgetting the highway code themselves.

For parents who bravely take the role as driving instructor, nearly one in five trips resulted in a dented car along with a quarter admitting to having snapped when sitting in the instructor’s seat.

The research, looking at the driving habits of 1,000 learner drivers and their parents, revealed that while the majority (57 per cent) of parents can’t wait for their kids to be able drive themselves – nearly the same amount (52 per cent) wouldn’t trust themselves as their instructor.

It also comes as no surprise that over a quarter (27 per cent) of young people wouldn’t trust either of their parents to teach them how to drive – with seven in ten (70 per cent) believing they’ll be a better driver than their parents if they pass their test with professional instruction.

Stewart Cox at FG Barnes Group comments: “With parents spending on average 364 hours a year driving their kids around – equivalent to watching series 1-6 of Game of Thrones SIX times, it’s no surprise that they’re keen for them to learn. However, we want learner drivers to be safe on the road and the Young Driver courses are a perfect way to experience being behind the wheel of a car before doing the real thing on the road.”

Young Driver is the world’s most comprehensive driving education programme that teaches youngsters from five to 17 years old. Research shows that early driving experience cuts road accidents by 40 per cent*. With one in five young people crashing within six months of passing their tests, anything that reduces accidents among this group is a positive for all road users.

Vauxhall has provided a brand new fleet of Corsas to Young Driver under a two year agreement. With a number of state-of-the-art safety features in place paired with class-leading connectivity, the Corsa is the perfect model for those learning to drive or newly-qualified drivers. Thanks to its reliability and good value for money the Vauxhall has fast become the ultimate car for first time drivers.

Corsa customers have a choice of several trims when they visit the showroom at FG Barnes Guildford

For further information, you can call the team on 01483 885885 or go to: www.fg-barnes.co.uk To visit the team, go to FG Barnes and Sons, Moorfield Road, Slyfield Industrial Estate, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1RT.