By Stewart Smith on 2016-04-28 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Youngsters can start
driving at 10
THE Young Driver Challenge 2016 is ready to launch with the aim of finding Britain's best young drivers - and the entry age this year has been lowered to just 10.
The challenge is run by Young Driver, the UK's provider of pre-17 driving lessons, and so this year those who have just hit double figures will, for the first time, be able to take part.
The competition, which is in its third year, aims to find the best young drivers in the country - but they must be aged between 10 and their 17th birthday.
Youngsters can enter at one of Young Driver's 43 sites across England, Scotland and Wales, from now until the end of July.
The challenge aims to encourage youngsters to consider responsible and safe driving, with top marks given to those who show the best levels of control and awareness.
Entrants drive a dual-control Skoda Citigo accompanied by an instructor and are marked on their driving skills and manoeuvres, including parallel parking, figures of eight, turn in the road, steering, judgement and positioning.
A second, knowledge-based test is taken via the Goodyear Driving Academy, an online driving simulator which evaluates a youngster's ability to cope with everyday driving distractions as well as quizzing them on road safety and the Highway Code.
The top 40 drivers will be invited to a grand final which will be held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on September 3.
The winner of the 2015 11-13 age category, Callum McNeilly, now 13, of Swadlincote in Derbyshire, said: "When I took my first Young Driver lesson in 2014, I was extremely excited to be in control of a car under road like conditions.
"It may seem odd to some people that I was driving from such a young age, but I personally believe that it will have a huge impact on my safety and skill when I take to the roads at 17."
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