Hundreds of young people from all over the UK took up the opportunity to get behind the wheel for the first time to experience the drive of their life at the three Get Going Live! events this summer. The free driving days were also popular with newly disabled people needing to restart driving following rehabilitation from accident or illness.
Held at Donington Park, the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate and TRL, Wokingham, the Get Going Live! events offered a great opportunity for young people from the age of 14 to gain advice on the best car options as well as information on adaptations, assessment and finance, finding a suitable instructor and including seemingly simple, but vital, safety information such as how to position your driving seat and seat belt.
Several young drivers who attend the inaugural event last year shared their experiences in Ask the Driver sessions that proved popular.
Get Going Live! 2012 was organised by charities Mobility Choice, responsible for the annual national Mobility Roadshow, and Disabled Motoring UK. “We’ve had a tremendous response to these events, reaching people of all ages from 14 to 90,” said Jacqui Jones, Executive Director of Mobility Choice. “When you are young and disabled it is not easy to know where to begin your motoring journey – very often a vital step towards independence when embarking on further education or career. Get Going Live! events offer a fast track to getting started, as well as the thrill of getting behind the wheel.”
“Absolutely fantastic, invaluable for first time drivers,” commented 17 year-old Callum Hodgson. “Where else can you get to try so many cars.” Fifteen year-old Hannah Booth agreed: “I’ve had a brilliant day! The driving was great – loads of choice and information too.”
Said one parent: “This has been a great experience. It has answered a lot of questions and for my daughter allayed nervousness. It has given us all the confidence of knowing that she is going to be able to be independent.”
Dates for Get Going Live! 2013 will be posted at www.getgoingnow.org and