Review: The Goodyear Driving Academy Our Initial Thoughts

Parent PackA few weeks ago Beth and I were asked if firstly we had heard of the Goodyear Driving Academy and young driver lessons and Secondly if Beth would actually like to take part. 

Now for anyone that like us that had not heard of this programmed before  Goodyear, is on a mission to tackle the underlying attitudes and behaviours of young drivers which it believes are at the root of some of the issues of young driver road safety.

 When I passed my driving practical and theory test *cough, cough* a few year ago I was peeved at having to do 2 parts to pass my test. Now I am a parent of a teen, even the current test system that includes one theory test, one hazard perception test and one practical test I feel it’s not enough to ensure our young drivers have an extensive understanding of road safety and understand about the complexities of driving a car. 

Goodyear have introduced a graduated learning programme from an early age to allow tweens/teens to develop their understanding of what the whole package that driving brings. This programme is aimed at 11 -17 year olds and there are 30 locations spread across England, Scotland and Wales! 

Young Driver Online TrainingTo help teach our teens there is also an online driving highway code quiz and online game which to be fair were fantastic and Beth did really well with the online stuff.

To help more there is even a Parent Pack which covers things like pedestrian rules, speed limits, road signs, driving conditions and car maintenance. 

So how do we really feel about Young Driver lessons? 

We are both excited and anxious probably in equal measures … 

So now to go to the lesson …. if we can contain our excitement!! 

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Disclaimer: This was a complementary activity in which we were asked to give an honest review of our experiences.  

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54 Responses to Review: The Goodyear Driving Academy Our Initial Thoughts

  1. Notmyyearoff says:

    It’s such a good idea to give young teens some experience of it. It sounds like a lot of fun too!

  2. jollyjillys says:

    such a great idea wish this had been around when I was younger x

  3. Sounds like a brilliant initiative and having supervised driving practive with my own daughters before they passed their tests I’m certain this would have helped us all! Good luck with the lesson.

  4. Coombemill says:

    What a great idea, I’m looking at all things driving and any safety measures I can put in place with our eldest boy coming up 17 next year

    • Jaime says:

      there will be another post later this week with some actual footage on … Beth was so nervous for a week before but it was so amazing when she got their she loved it

  5. Steve says:

    What a great idea. Our 13 y/o daughter is always asking me questions about driving stuff. I might look into this.

    • Jaime says:

      more on this is being posted this week Steve .. they are such a fantastic idea arent they! i am going to take Beth to more of them .. anything that will help make her safer and be more knowledgeable is a bonus in my book!

  6. What a brilliant idea! I have to admit the thought of my kids learning to drive terrifies me, so anything that prepares them as much as possible for it is good in my book :)

  7. says:

    I can think of a few non-teens who would benefit from this lol! Think it’s a great idea x

  8. Mummytries says:

    I think this is a great idea, bet Beth can’t wait :-) good luck for her lesson xx

    • Jaime says:

      She has now had it and i cant wait to report back .. if i thought she was excited before thats nothing compared to her on the day!

  9. Erica Price says:

    I love the idea and I bet teens enjoy it too as they get a sneak preview.

  10. Good luck! When you think about all the stupid things teenagers do at the wheel, this sounds like a very sensible idea to get them started early. Will be interested to read about how she gets on.

    • Jaime says:

      Thats so why i think its a good idea too .. the thought of her on the road and possibly passing at 17 and driving did terrify me!

  11. What a great idea, look forward to reading more :)

  12. It sounds like a great programme and fun too x

  13. It probably seems like a chore to do so much training and tests and things, but safety on the road can never be understated.

    Hope it goes well!


    • Jaime says:

      thanks Paul .. she was amazingly excited and that remains even now she has had her first lesson (that i have yet to write up!) x

  14. Karen Bell says:

    What a great idea and it does sound like fun too x

  15. Mel says:

    Sounds like a good programme, I cannot imagine what it will be like when my babies start driving. Scary thought!

  16. LauraCYMFT says:

    Such a brilliant idea for teens. I think they need to be more prepared than just the theory test and lessons. Driving, whilst fun, is a huge responsibility for them.

  17. Great post Jaime! Love the video, you and Beth have done a sterling job there Zx

  18. I love the idea if this. Such a great thing for building confidence

  19. What a good idea for building experience and confidence! Look forward to seeing how you get on!

  20. Emily says:

    What a great idea and great video although you poor thing too, I feel your anxiety!! xxx

  21. I think this is such a lovely idea! I am teacher of teens and I know a lot of my pupils would really love something like this. However I’m not sure I would want to get behind the wheel with any of them! xxx

  22. Aedín says:

    That’s such a clever idea!I didn’t learn to drive until my late 20s-it really is a skill that you should learn as soon as possible.

  23. Emma T says:

    I think these are a great idea. I’d heard about teen classes before but not who they were run by. It’s almost like they should be included as part of standard education.

  24. Jenny says:

    This is such a brilliant idea and actually sounds like a lot of fun! Definitely keep it in mind when my two get older. Thanks for hosting my lovely.

  25. Jane says:

    I think this is a great idea. I’m sure in America they have something like this as part of a school lesson. I would have loved to have done something like this before starting my driving lessons. I hope the lesson went well x

  26. I think this is a great idea and will hopefully help teach younger people to drive safely :)

  27. My son is 4 and yet he is so obsessed with traffic signs that instead of fairytale story book or Grufallo books he is reading learn how to drive books because if the traffic signs pictures. At this young age I think my son will enjoy this course =P #magicmoments

  28. My nephew is 17 now so it’s a bit late for him but looks like a great idea, going to mention it to Big Brother for 12yo niece x #MagicMoments

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