South Yorkshire finalist of young driver contest accelerates through driving test

Aaron Robinson 17, who has passed his driving test after only eleven lessons
Aaron Robinson 17, who has passed his driving test after only eleven lessons
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A teenager who cruised into the list of the UK’s top ten best young drivers is now legally allowed to drive – passing his test after just 11 lessons.

Aaron Robinson, aged 17, of Anston, Rotherham, finished fourth in the 14 to 16-year-old category at the national finals of the 2014 Young Driver Challenge.

Aaron Robinson 17 with his driving instructor Paul Bennett

Aaron Robinson 17 with his driving instructor Paul Bennett

More than 350 youngsters entered the competition organised by Young Driver, a provider of driving tuition for under-17s, to find the best drivers at its UK centres.

Aaron was among the top 40 who accelerated their way to the final of the contest.

Now after taking to the road under the careful watch of Paul Bennett, from P1 Drive School, Aaron has passed his driving test after less than a dozen lessons.

He said: “I started the course about four years ago when I got a voucher for it as a birthday present.

“You cover everything you would in a normal test, from emergency stops to roundabouts. You build up your confidence first before you go onto the roads, so it’s safer.

“So by the time you get out onto the road, it’s about real-life situations. My driving instructor is a young driver as well, so he knows what young people go through.”

Entrants were marked on practical driving skills and on their performance in the Goodyear Driving Academy, an online driving simulator which tests’ knowledge of the Highway Code.

Aaron added: “I think it’s made me more mature as a driver.”

Kim Stanton, from Young Driver, said: “Young Driver’s aim is to give a sound foundation to young people so that when they do start to drive on the roads, they are more prepared, confident and aware of issues that might affect their safety.

“This competition has proven just how much young people can learn before they are even officially old enough to drive, and we are delighted so many youngsters have shown the desire to not only learn the basics but also hone their skills.”