YOUNG people with disabilities can gain a driving licence at 16 – a year ahead of those who are not disabled.
That’s great! But where – and how – do you start to gain the experience of getting behind the wheel?
Well, there’s good news for teenagers over 14.
Three exciting FREE one-day events taking place in July and August will help you to start driving and plan for your first car.
The Get Going Live! Events are organised by two national disability charities, Disabled Motoring UK and Mobility Choice – the team behind the annual national Mobility Roadshow.
You can test drive a selection of adapted vehicles, including drive-from-wheelchair WAVs, in a safe environment accompanied by experienced professional drivers.
Also on hand will be expert advice in a friendly no-pressure environment from organisations and companies with a wealth of knowledge – from choosing an instructor with experience of teaching disabled motorists to finding out about the adaptations and vehicles that are right for you.
The Get Going Live! dates are:
July 14 – Donington Park Launch Pad, Derbyshire
July 28 – Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
August 11 – TRL Wokingham, Berkshire
You must be over 14 to test drive the adapted vehicles on a safe on-site road system, accompanied at all times by a professional driver. But younger prospective learners are welcome to practise transferring into cars, familiarise themselves with controls and may also travel as a passenger with an instructor.
Apart from the actual driving there is a fun action-packed programme of activities at each venue including a 7m all-ability climbing wall with over 20 routes to the top.
Last year’s inaugural Get Going Live! day at Donington Park was a huge success.
“The beaming smile just says it all!” said Lyn Williams, whose son Jordan, aged 14, had just test driven a Chrysler Voyager from his wheelchair. “This will give him the confidence to get his licence when he’s eligible and go on to gain his independence.
“This is a fantastic event to give young people such a thrilling experience.”
Jordon, meanwhile, was already looking to the future: “It was awesome – I can’t wait to be 16!” he said.
Visit www.getgoingnow.org for the latest news and to register, or call 01508 489 449.