Putting in work behind the wheel of a car in a relatively safe environment like a race track when you’re still young can provide you with a massive head start once it’s time for you to claim your driver’s license and begin venturing off in traffic.
According to trackdays.co.uk, learning basic driving skills from a much younger age can also pay off financially, since the numbers show that learners can pay more than £1,000 ($1,300) in driving lessons.
“It’s a fact that a young driver is more likely to be involved in an incident within the first year of passing their test compared to someone with more driving experience,” said trackdays.co.uk operations manager Dan Jones. “The good news is that more and more young drivers are taking to the race tracks and airfields to get behind the wheel.”
“It means that by the time they learn with a provisional licence in real-life conditions they have enough miles under their belts to be confident in their actions behind the wheel. This extra self-assurance and basic car skills may also mean they need fewer driving lessons.”
Figures from the Department for Transport show that more than 2,500 car accidents from last year took place because of a learner or otherwise inexperienced driver behind the wheel, while nervous or panicking drivers were responsible for an additional 1,000-plus crashes.
At the same time, one in five recently qualified drivers are likely to crash within the first six months because of their lack of experience.
In a nutshell, getting time behind the wheel before you get your actual driver’s license can truly prove invaluable; having mastered the basics and having confidence in yourself can prove invaluable once you get out on real roads.