SEAT Young Driver scheme for disabled drivers wins model support

Sophie Morgan with the SEAT Young Driver Programme
A move to expand the SEAT Young Driver to an even broader audience of potential motorists has been welcomed by Sophie Morgan.

The TV presenter and former reality TV contestant on BBC3's Britain's Missing Top Model is backing the expansion, which will now include three Ibiza's kitted out with DSG gearboxes and hand controls, giving young disabled people the chance to learn to drive.

Sophie, 26, was paralysed in a car accident at the age of 18.

She said: 'Having had a road accident shortly after passing my driving test, which left me paralysed for life, I wholeheartedly encourage any initiative aiming to help young drivers be better prepared for the road and, accordingly, lower the chance of accidents.

'I also support and actively encourage the enabling of other young disabled people to drive. The independence and empowerment of having a driving licence cannot be underestimated and it is fantastic that SEAT and Admiral are providing young disabled people with such a valuable experience.'

Now disabled youngsters will be able to learn how to control a car, with guidance by fully qualified instructors in how to steer, accelerate, brake, manoeuvre, reverse and park.

Lessons will start at Brent Cross, Birmingham and Sheffield on Thursday 27 October, with plans for 11 more SEAT Young Driver venues nationwide. The venues will have dedicated driver training areas which include roundabouts, junctions, driving and parking zones.

Sponsored by Admiral Insurance, more than 25,000 lessons have already been given to young people, including those with disabilities such as autism, Asperger's Syndrome, profound deafness and visual impairment.

It is also believed that the Young Driver could drastically reduce the rate of accidents for 17-21 year old drivers when they eventually tear up their L plates, because they will have far greater experience of the road and other drivers.

SEAT Young Driver, Driving for the Disabled launches at Brent Cross Shopping Centre on Thursday 27 October. To book a lesson, or for more details, visit the Young Driver website.

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