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F-Type and F-Pace entice 11 to 17-year-olds to Jaguar First young driver programme

Jaguar young driver

Jaguar’s young driver programme will allow 11 to 17-year-olds to get behind the wheel of an F-Pace or F-Type four-cylinder sports car, capable of 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds.

The scheme, which aims to inspire the JLR customers of the future, will also give them the chance to take the lead in the driver seat, as their parent or guardian sits in the back.

Since launching in October 2015 with the XE, the programme has introduced more than 5,000 young  people to driving and safety behind the wheel.

Research has shown that learning to drive responsibly from an earlier age lowers the risk of accidents.

Four hundred people are killed each year in the UK in accidents involving young drivers, and one in five newly qualified drivers will crash their car within six months of passing their test 

By extending the period of learning with a qualified instructor, and introducing the concept at an age when they’re more receptive to safety messages, this figure can drop by more than half 

Each lesson takes place in a dual-controlled car on a specially designed private road area with one of Jaguar’s expert instructors, and optional in-car filming allows the day to be shared with family and friends on social media.

Once they’ve mastered the basics, youngsters will progress to junctions and roundabouts, steering through tight cones, and practice bay and reverse parking.

At some venues, there are also areas where drivers can safely experience handling of the car at higher speeds.

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