Instilling confidence and maturity behind the wheel, Young Flyers Driving Academy runs a series of courses at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground designed especially for young drivers before their on-road provisional training. The one- or three-hour experience takes teenagers for a spin around the essential road safety handbook, where road signs and traffic lights are broken down for easy comprehension. Pupils can take to the wheel of a dual-controlled car, with a practice session down the straight track covering moving off and stopping, as well as changing gears. Throughout the day, a photographer will capture snaps of the experience and guests can opt to take home a 7x5 photo of their day. Those who choose the three-hour option will receive lunch and can include tickets to the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome Museum for the adults to while away the time.
Choose from the following options:
£19 for a one-hour lesson (68% off)
£49.95 for a three-hour lesson with lunch and a photo (60% off)
£59.95 for a three-hour lesson with lunch and a photo plus four adult museum passes (68% off)
£99 for a tree-hour lesson for two with lunch and a photo each (68% off)
Groupon Asks Bob Dhindsa, owner of Young Flyers Driving Academy, about memorable experiences and counting on timing.
G: What do you enjoy most about being a driving instructor?
"The most enjoyable part of being a driving instructor is knowing that you have been privileged enough to have given somebody a life long skill that will open up a whole new world to them."
G: How would you describe your teaching style in a few words?
"In a few words... fun, relevant, memorable, reassuring."
G: What advice would you give to particularly nervous learner drivers?
"It's okay to be nervous, that will help to keep you focused. So don't see it as a hindrance, but more of a help. Everyone on the road understands learning to drive brings excitement and nerves all rolled into one, so focus on you and how awesome this life experience is going to be."
G: What skill is usually the most difficult for students to master, and how do you help them perfect it?
*Timing is usually the biggest culprit. I like to give them a nice and relaxed atmosphere in the car on the approach to junctions where timing really is a struggle, by gently counting from one. This gives them a nice rhythm to work to and creates less panic and more focus."
G: How many lessons does the average person need before passing their test?
"Statistically, 47 hours with an instructor plus 20 hours private tuition with a parent/sibling etc. That's a combined total of 67 hours."
G: What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
"Passing my wife on her first attempt with only two minor driving faults. Simply because they say teaching family (especially a spouse) is never a good idea. We proved that to be untrue and had a blast teaching / learning. She is a confident and safe driver."
G: How many times did you have to take your test?
"I passed my test first time with only two minors. I only took four hours of lessons as I first started to drive at the age of 12 on private land with my older brothers and dad. Best thing I ever did. Hence the reason we offer lessons from 11 years."