A 12-year-old boy from Hailsham has been named as one of the best young drivers in the country and will now progress to the national final for the title of UK’s Best Young Driver aged under 17.
George Davies entered the 2014 Young Driver Challenge, which was open to those aged between 11 and 16 years.
Run by Young Driver, a company providing under-17 driving tuition, 40 finalists have now been chosen from more than 350 entries and will compete at a national final to be held on September 13.
The challenge judged the ability of entrants based on a series of driving skills and manoeuvres, including parallel parking, figures of eight, a turn in the road, steering, judgement and positioning.
Entrants also had to complete the Goodyear Driving Academy, an interactive online driving simulator which tests a youngsters’ knowledge of the Highway Code.
George will take part in the 11-13 age category at the final, which will be held at the Prodrive circuit in the Midlands. Up for grabs are prizes including 40 pre- and post-17 driving lessons provided by Goodyear, a Young Driver at School session for them and their classmates and £500 off a car insurance premium courtesy of Young Driver sponsor Admiral.
Kim Stanton, from Young Driver, said, “We’d like to say huge congratulations to George and all of our finalists. The standard of entries was extremely high, so it should make for a great final – our judges will really be putting these young drivers to the test.
“Young Driver has now delivered more than 150,000 lessons across our 33 venues and it’s encouraging to see how well so many people under the age of 17 can drive.
“We believe it is vital to get youngsters learning to drive at an earlier age, so they can gain more experience and when they’re more naturally receptive to safety messages.
“With our past pupils having half the number of accidents within six months of passing their test than the national average, the scheme can only be helping to make the roads a safer place for everyone.”
George, who attends Hailsham Community College, said: “I am delighted to be the highest scorer in our local area! I can’t believe it! I have had six Young Driver lessons now and I think they will definitely help me be a safer driver when it comes to taking to the road for real. The instructors really help you to understand the responsibilities of driving, and there’s no pressure, you can take your time. I am really looking forward to the final, and am keeping my fingers crossed I am crowned the overall winner! It would be great to let everyone in my class try out a lesson, which is one of the prizes.”
For more information about the challenge, or to book a Young Driver lesson, please log on to www.youngdriver.eu or call 0844 371 9010.