I had initially intended to run this review as one complete review on one post, however after attending the Goodyear Young Driver Academy I felt that there was too much to digest in one sitting. If you are interested in our initial thoughts on the experience please feel free to find the first one HERE.
So where to start?
Bethany (aged 13) was invited to take part and had been using the parent pack and the online resource at home prior to the lesson (both of which are discussed in more detail on the initial post) so when we arrived she was literally bouncing between excitement and nerves.
Although the team at Nottingham were really efficient and did not leave her standing for long! she was whipped away and into a car and although nervous were there I had no doubt the guy that had the pleasure of teaching my cherub or at least teach my teenager knew exactly what he was doing .. in fact his stride never faltered.
There were basic moves, pulling off, indicating, reversing and even travelling through some very tight spots all of these she seemed to handle well although with every new driver or even a driver in a new car there was some stalling.
I sat for the whole hour completely mesmerised at the sight in front of me. I think for me on a personal note it was amazing to see my daughter for the young women she is becoming not just the stubborn and rude teen that visits all too frequently!
After the lesson Bethany and I discussed it at great level and it seems it was a hit with her and she is very vocal of that fact in the video below.
I also share my honest opinions on the fact I totally loved the current concept and criteria my only small niggle would be that I felt that there could be a little more in the parent pack, online or even in the lesson that covered the immense responsibility it is to drive a car.
My mum when I passed my test congratulated me on having a licence to kill .. this has stuck with me since the day I passed.
I have to remain honest and I would love to see an element added in there, perhaps after so many lessons that could cover things like peer pressure, excessive speeds and accidents in more detail as I think these are some of the really big issues that our young ones will face.
Maybe I am morbid, maybe there is something like this in place for later down the line.. and if is the case and there is It would be fab to know about it upfront.
I felt Beth not only enjoyed the lesson but also felt she got lots from it too. I would have no hesitation in booking her another lesson, I think her confidence and skill will only increase at each lesson she goes on and I totally love the concept.
Having shared my niggle with Goodyear it seems I was slightly off centre with my concern that they don’t cover the serious side of driving peer pressure, accidents, speeding and the seriousness of their choices.
Goodyear do already address the more serious issues of driving via their in-school sessions. During these sessions they discuss the impacts of the following while driving:
Leading to a discussion around the seriousness of these, with stats such as:
- 133 young drivers aged between 17 and 24 years died in 2012
- 20% of people killed or seriously injured during 2012 were in a collision with a young driver
I am really pleased to say that Goodyear have happily confirmed that they are intending to update the Parent Pack with additional messages about the seriousness of the responsibility of driving in the coming weeks! ….. RESULT!
I am blown away that they have taken this concern on and that they are prepared to listen, acknowledge and make changes! .. Go Goodyear!
Disclaimer: This was a complementary activity in which we were asked to give an honest review of our experiences.