Family Review: WrightStart Pre - 17 Driving Experience - Derby Days Out Blog

For our little one's birthday we bought her a Pre-17 Driving Experience through Derby based company WrightStart. Lola has her lesson on Saturday 6th May and here's what we thought of the experience:


The car park in which the drives take place is situated on NorthMead Drive and is one of the Royal Derby Hospital car parks. If you head towards Aldi, you will start to see the WrightStart branded banners.

We were told where to park on arrival by a friendly steward and then headed over to the marquee for registration. The whole process is very organised and efficient. 

We were told there were two drivers in front of us so we could take a seat in our car and the friendly member of staff would be over to us when it's our turn.

Here's what Lola thought before her drive:


After being told it was our turn, we went over to meet Lewis who would be Lola's instructor for the session. We were left amazed by how quickly Lola started to drive after getting in the car. Not only that, some of the manoeuvers she performed were very impressive! Take a look at her driving skills in practice here:


Lola loved it and as parents we were very impressed at the experience and all that Lola got to do and learn during it. We loved watching her drive past us with the ease and confidence of a qualified adult driver! Lola said that it was an experience that she won't forget! Here's what else she thought:


As parents, we would recommend this experience. It could be really beneficial for those older teens who want to start driving lessons but are perhaps feeling a little nervous about it, this would be a great introduction to driving. Having said that, it's also great for a one off experience such as a birthday present like we used it for. Though something tells me that Lola will be back for more in the near future! 

The whole experience:

  • was very well organised
  • felt safe
  • had knowledgable, friendly staff and instructors
  • was fun
  • was educational


WrightStart offer under 17 driving experiences as well as driving lessons for those over 17, pass plus, supercar experiences and more for existing drivers.

You can find out more by visiting the WrightStart website:


2018 Experiences are taking place this year on the following dates:

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018.

You can choose from the following ages categories:

Mini: 2-6 £25

Junior: 7-12 £25

Teen: 13-17 £35

You can use our exclusive code DDO20 for 20% off a session and book online here.

Please note: This is a true account of our experience. We cannot guarantee that you will have the same experience as us. But we do hope you enjoy your visit.


We really hope that you find this website useful in helping you plan a family day out. Whilst we try our absolute hardest to ensure all of the information is correct and up to date, we highly recommend you call ahead of any planned visit to check opening times and prices etc. We don't want any disappointed families! (Oh and check the weather before you set off!) 

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