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FIRSTDRIVE | First Driver Experience

Our RED FIRSTDRIVE driving experience is open to anyone aged 11 and over, allowing a young driver to gain their first experience behind the wheel much earlier than they would on the open road.

Drivers will be taught the basics of driving by one of our team of highly trained instructors within the confines of our private tarmac area at the RED Donington Driver Training Centre, creating a safe and stress-free environment, perfect for their first taste of driving.

  • Learn the basics of car control and manoeuvres
  • Briefing by an expert instructor
  • Valid for 12 months
  • Only £89

Experience Details:

All FIRSTDRIVE drivers will be in control of a dual-controlled car as they practice essential car control and build up their confidence, which will prove vital for when they hit the road for real. Safety is paramount but the emphasis is on having fun whilst building confidence and experience!

The cars are fitted with dual controls and our DVSA approved driving instructors will be on hand to teach simple and effective techniques to get you driving.

The experience includes:

  • Driver’s welcome and short safety briefing
  • Basic introduction to the vehicle controls
  • How to operate the vehicle to move and stop
  • Simple steering control tasks such as steering through cones
  • Gaining confidence and skills behind the wheel
  • Debrief and certification



Our FIRSTDRIVE experience & training is not only a brilliant way to get a taste for driving and prepare you for learning to drive on public roads, but it’s also a very unique and enjoyable driving experience that many participate in just for leisure!

If you’re looking for gifts for a car lover, but are a little stuck for ideas, a FIRSTDRIVE experience day could be just what you’re looking for. The FIRSTDRIVE experience is a minimum of 1 hour in the car and starts by covering some safety and theory to help provide each participant with an understanding of controlling a car, as well as making the in-car experience more valuable. You’ll then progress to the driving stage where you’ll learn from both the driver’s seat and the passenger seat, under the watchful eyes of our experienced and patient instructors.

Surprise your friends or family with our exciting FIRSTDRIVE driving experience day.

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What to expect

Your First Drive Experience?

To start with there will be an introduction and classroom briefing and then an in-car briefing on controls to make sure all participants are familiar with the car & prepared to drive.

Based at the world famous Donington Park racing Circuit, we have access to a safe training facility to help our first drivers get use to driving! You’ll be in the car for a minimum of an hour on maximum a 3:1 basis.

  • Moving off and stopping
  • Steering through cone configurations
  • Clutch Control and its purpose
  • Changing gears
  • Building up speed and steady driving
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Once we’re done with driving we’ll debrief and digest everything you’ve learned so it sticks for when you get behind the wheel on a public road!

Anyone 11+ can take part in the FIRSTDRIVE experience.

The First Drive experience is a minimum of 1 hour in the car and starts by covering some safety and theory to help provide each participant with an understanding of controlling a car

Dates will run during (school) holiday periods and weekends from February 2024.


If you have any other questions please get in touch!

More Details

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Donington Park Training Centre, DE74 2BN

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No. of Trainees

Maximum 3:1 basis

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Course Duration

Approx 1.5 hours

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Participant Guidelines

– Height 4’8″ to 6’7″
– Age: 11 upwards (we don’t fix a maximum age limit)

(Please check with us if unsure about driver suitability.)