Rotherham teen accelerates to top title

Aaron Robinson, 16, finished fourth place in his age category at the national finals of the 2014 Young Driver Challenge
Aaron Robinson, 16, finished fourth place in his age category at the national finals of the 2014 Young Driver Challenge

A teenager has cruised into the list of the UK’s top ten best young drivers - despite not being old enough to legally drive.

Aaron Robinson, aged 16, from Anston, Rotherham, finished in fourth place in the 14 to 16-year-old category at the national finals of the 2014 Young Driver Challenge.

More than 350 youngsters entered the competition which was organised by Young Driver, a provider of driving tuition for under-17s, to find the best drivers at its centres throughout the UK.

Aaron was among the top 40 who accelerated their way to the final of the contest.

As well as being marked on their practical driving skills behind the wheel, entrants were also judged on their performance in the Goodyear Driving Academy, an online driving simulator which tests youngsters’ knowledge of the Highway Code.

Aaron, who attends Aston Academy, said: “It was a fantastic day. There were a lot of challenging tests and we knew the judges were marking us based on many different driving skills and manoeuvres.

“We had to show how well we could do things like parallel parking, reversing, tight steering, emergency stops and turns in the road, as well as undertake independent driving.

“It was nerve-wracking, but it was an amazing experience.”

For coming fourth in his age category, Aaron won a medal, goody bag and vouchers for a free Young Driver lesson.

Kim Stanton, from Young Driver, said: “Young Driver’s aim is to give a sound foundation to young people so that when they do start to drive on the roads, they are more prepared, confident and aware of issues that might affect their safety.

“This competition has proven just how much young people can learn before they are even officially old enough to drive, and we are delighted that so many youngsters have shown the desire to not only learn the basics but also hone their skills.

“We’d like to say a massive congratulations to Aaron.”