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First Gear pre-driver training

The First Gear pre-driver training day gives trainees their first experience behind the wheel of a car, in a safe, controlled environment, with fully qualified driving instructors.

The pre-driver training days are available for young people aged 15 to 17, either living in or in education in Derbyshire.

There are 2 parts to the day - the practical driving session and the classroom session.

The driving element of the day will enable participants to learn and practice:

  • moving off safely and correctly
  • steering an accurate course
  • changing up and down gears
  • braking safely and coming to a stop

This session is delivered by approved driving instructors.

The classroom session offers guidance and insight into:

  • the importance of choosing the right driving instructor
  • the cost of learning to drive and maintaining a vehicle
  • vehicle maintenance
  • the highway code

This session is carried out by a road safety officer.

Length of course

The day runs from 9am to 3.30pm.


The course costs £59.

Participants receive a 2-hour practical off-road driving session with a fully qualified driving instructor in a dual controlled car, and a classroom theory session.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will also be provided.

Date and location

All of our courses are now full for the 2023/2024 financial year. We'll release dates for courses from April 2024 onwards when they're available.


Please bring comfortable clothing, no high heels. Bring a coat to wear for the outdoor session.

If you wear glasses for reading please remember to bring them with you on the day.

If you have any special requirements or if you'd just like more information, please email: or tel: 01629 538060.