Children invited to drive trucks in UK

Track day experience could encourage future drivers

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OK, so the headline is a bit misleading…but it is true that children as young as 10 can get behind the wheel of a full-size truck in the UK.

A track day business, called Track Days, is offering anyone 10 and over the chance to experience what it’s like driving a semi-trailer.

And the boss of the business believes giving people a taste of a big truck could encourage people to take it up as a career.

The UK currently has vacancies for as many as 40,000 truck drivers!

Dan Jones says he hopes what they are doing will help.

“Going on a truck driving experience could be the answer to relieve the chronic shortage of lorry drivers in the UK as it gives drivers a taste of what it’s like to handle a 480 bhp beast.

“Even more so, it could ignite a passion for trucking driving in a youngster who is given the opportunity to climb in to the cab.

“We have children as young as 10-years-old getting behind the wheel of an HGV (heavy goods vehicle), alongside an HGV instructor, and loving every second of it as they get to grips with 16 gears around a specially designed course!”

The youngsters can climb behind the wheel of a truck for as little as £49 ($86 AUD).

Good idea? Would you love the chance to have a drive of a truck on a closed circuit? Will this help encourage people to give a truck driving career more consideration?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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