SEAT puts disabled youngsters in the driving seat

The SEAT Young Drivers programme is expanding to allow disabled youngsters aged 11 and up to get behind the wheel and build early driving experiences.

The lessons mean that wheelchair users can get behind the wheel of a SEAT Ibiza fitted with DSG gearbox and hand controls, as well as dual controls for the driving instructor.

The lessons, which launch at the end of October 2011, are backed by 26-year-old TV presenter Sophie Morgan, who was paralysed in a car accident at the age of 18.

She said: “Having had a road accident shortly after passing my driving test, which left me paralysed for life, I wholeheartedly encourage any initiative aiming to help young drivers be better prepared for the road and, accordingly, lower the chance of accidents.”

The disabled learners will benefit from the same lessons as able-bodied youngsters, which take place on purpose build closed routes and simulate roundabouts, junctions, and parking areas, providing an opportunity for 11-17 year olds to practice everything from simply stopping and starting to reversing and manoeuvres.

Kim Stanton of SEAT Young Driver said: ‘There is overwhelming evidence that early driving experience cuts accidents among young drivers by 40%, and it is great fun for youngsters.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors – SEAT and Admiral – we are not only the first young driver programme with a network of nationwide venues but, now, the first to accommodate wheelchair users.’

The Driving for the Disabled programme launches at Brent Cross shopping centre on Thursday 27th October. For more information on the SEAT Younger Drivers programme click here


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