A DRIVING course for children as young as 10 is coming to Swindon College - its first Wiltshire site.

Young Driver will be at the college on November 25 and December 16.

Youngsters have lessons in new dual-controlled Vauxhall Corsas with highly qualified approved driving instructors.

A special road system will be set up with traffic signs, roundabouts and junctions, along with special areas to practice manoeuvres such as steering, control and parking.

The emphasis of the lessons is on safety and encouraging youngsters to consider how to drive responsibly, giving them time to perfect the necessary driving skills without the pressures of public roads.

This is the company's first Wiltshire site.

Laura White from Young Driver said: “We are really excited to be launching in Swindon. Swindon College will give us a large space, which we’ll use to create different zones, providing plenty of opportunities for youngsters to try out lots of different driving skills and techniques.

“Clearly something needs to be done to tackle the seriously high accident rates of our young drivers, as one in five young people have an accident within six months of passing their test.

"Research shows that training drivers over a longer period of time and catching youngsters when their attitudes towards driving are still developing is key to producing a safer driver."

"This allows youngsters to have a solid understanding of how to drive a car before they get anywhere near a real road." Visit youngdriver.com or call 0844 371 9010.