Why not? Since driving involves both decision-making and physical skills, it makes sense to have kids spend longer doing those things before they get their license.
Giving children as young as 11 experience behind the wheel could potentially slash accident rates and save lives.
That’s according to research from Seat and Young Driver Training Ltd, which shows that drivers that have participated in the Seat Young Driver Programme were less likely to be involved in a crash.
Shockingly Department for Transport figures show that two out of ten newly-qualified drivers will crash within the first six months of gaining their licence.
Teenagers that have driven for more than six months after passing their test that enrolled for the Seat Young Driver programme in their early years though accumulated a massively reduced accident rate.
Fewer than one in ten drivers aged 17-24 had been involved in an accident six months after passing, equating to 9 per cent. That’s less than half the current national rate.
The data indicates that providing children with in-car experience past from the age of 11 can reduce casualties and give them the necessary skills to stay safe on the road later in life.