Moulton schoolgirl Charley’s driving ambition

Charley Beasley from Moulton
Charley Beasley from Moulton

A teenager motorist from Northampton has taken part in the national finals of the 2015 Young Driver Challenge despite being only 13 years old.

Charley Beasley was named as one of the UK’s best young drivers even though she will have to wait another four years to take to the open road.

Run by Young Driver, a provider of under-17 driving tuition, 40 finalists were chosen from hundreds of entries.

Charley, who attends Moulton School & Science College, was judged on both practical driving skill and theoretical knowledge.

Amongst the skills being tested behind the wheel were manoeuvres and skills including parallel parking, figures of eight, braking and steering.

As well practical driving the youngsters’ knowledge of the Highway Code was put to the test.

Although she didn’t finish in the top three Charley said: “It was fantastic taking part in the final, and I’m very proud of my achievement.

“To even be in the top 20 for my age group was just a great feeling. The driving challenge itself really put me to the test.

“It was great fun to put everything I’ve learnt in my lessons into practice and to be given the opportunity to get even more experience.

“Young Driver has given me a good understanding of how to drive, and how to be safe on the roads, which will be really useful when I turn 17.”