The son of Prince Edward was seen driving a car last weekend, and he is only 10 years old. In this regard, the question arose: is it legal to get behind the wheel at this age?
The answer is yes. On private property, it is legal to drive a car, even if you or your children are only 10 years old. The son of Prince Edward was riding around the territory of Windsor Castle, so this does not contradict the law at all.
Now let's try to figure out at what age you can drive a car only on private property, and when you can become a full member of the traffic.
Can I drive a car being under the age of 17?
There is no unambiguous answer to this question. If you want to drive on public roads, you must be at least 17 years old and you must have a temporary or full driver's license and insurance.
In addition, you must be accompanied by someone from the age of 21 with a valid license for a period of at least three years. You also cannot drive motorways until you get a full driver's license.
You can apply for a temporary driving license when you are 15 years and 9 months old.
Can I drive around private property being under the age of 17?
Yes, you can drive a car on private property, but on the condition that it is your private property or the person owning it, gave you permission.
In addition, you do not need to be insured, have MoT or other legal documents. It is also necessary to remember that the insurance company does not cover accidents and damage in case the car was driven by a minor, including private property.
Keep in mind that there are strict rules regarding riding on private property. For example, a parking near a pub or supermarket is technically private property, but it is also available to the public, so in accordance with the Road Traffic Act, the rules of public roads are applied to the parking lot.
When can I drive a moped?
Before you can legally drive a car, you can drive a moped after reaching the age of 16 years. To do this you will need a temporary driver's license and CBT.
CBT is a mandatory training course that you must pass before you ride a moped on the road.
Can I take driving courses under 17 years of age?
There are many different companies offering driving courses for people under 17 years of age. The age of those who wish can be in the range from 10 to 16 years.
The main criterion for taking courses is the height of a teenager - it should be at least 1.5 meters.
All classes are held together with driving instructors on cars with dual control. Some classes take place in a simulated road environment that helps young drivers understand and feel the real situation on the road.
According to the Brake security service, only 1.5% of drivers have an age between 17-19 years. And 9% of fatal and serious accidents happen exactly with such young drivers.