Should you Learn to Drive in School

Learning how to drive in school: yay or nay?

Unlike our cousins over in the USA, the UK is still yet to offer driving lessons as part of the curriculum. Which leaves many people wondering, Should you learn to drive in School?

Pretty much one of the biggest life skills you will ever need, and a hell of a lot more important than learning what pi is, or how to work out the area of an equilateral triangle (because how many times do we actually use this knowledge once we pass our GCSEs?), driving is something that is transferable through life, no matter what age you are at.

Known to be a requirement of jobs, as well as required for practical reasons such as simply getting from a to b, and even leisure reasons like days out, it seems that when it comes to having knowledge of a certain skill set, this is pretty much one of the biggest ones you’re going to need.

However, whilst it is perfectly legal to get your licence at the tender age of 17, our school kids leave school at 16, meaning they would have to be taught in the 15/16 age range; is this just that little bit too young, and would it be right to bring the age limit down to accommodate a switch to learning how to drive in school?

Naturally, at our Liverpool garage, we would love to see more drivers through the door, but definitely for an MOT, as opposed to car repair due to bad driving, which is why this is a long-drawn out debate that should be thought through without any doubts.

 

Should you learn to drive in school?

Beep beep – all for it pros

Money saving and equal opportunity creating

Learning how to drive is an expensive game and making it part of the curriculum would save the consumer a hell of a lot of money.

With the average lesson costing around £20 a pop, it’s becoming a reality that if you’re not from a background that has a little bit of cash in the bank, learning how to drive could be something that is put on the back burner for many years.

Making it part of the timetable would give everybody the opportunity to learn.

Increased independence

Many argue that kids should have a taste of independence at a young age, in order for them to prosper and move forward without having their hands held.

Having a car is one of the biggest independent statements a person could make, and takes the pressure off parents from getting them from A to B.

School lessons could be more thorough

The average driving lesson lasts an hour a week, but schools could increase this, allowing them to monitor progress more closely, and be certain that all pupils fully understand driving, as well as the theory behind it.

Longer to learn

With lessons being free through schools, pupils could learn over a two year period in upper school, giving them more time to feel comfortable with driving.

When lessons are paid for on a weekly basis, it’s natural for many people to want to rush and get them over with as soon as possible, to avoid financial cost.

Get a bus – no, no, no cons!

Simply too young

At 15/16 many people believe that children are simply too young to get behind the wheel. Maturity levels haven’t peaked yet and with hormones still developing and behaving erratically, safety concerns are often raised about young people behind the wheel.

Not enough experience

With a short amount of time on the road in their locker, teenagers may not feel as confident on the road as the more experienced drivers out there, who are much older.

Missed class – missed knowledge

If a pupil misses a class, they could miss out on valuable knowledge needed to move forward with their driving. Catch up sessions would be imperative to ensure driver safety.

Young Drive at Oulton Park where individuals aged 11-16 learn to drive Courtesy of TOM H

So what are you thoughts on learning to drive at a young age? Do you think children should learn how to drive in school? Or should the age limit be increased? We’d love to hear your thoughts here at Berry Street. Inbox us on Facebook how you feel about our debate.

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