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iCAN Blind Driving Experience for Kids in Exeter

Picture of visually impaired teenage boy about to start his Blind Driving experience.
from £36.50

This is a brilliant gift experience for kids and teenagers of varying abilities! If you’ve been wondering about what to do for a Christmas or birthday gift or even a birthday party, then here we have something completely unique….. A driving experience for Blind or Partially Sighted kids!

Blind Driving? Really?

Yes, with the Blind Driving gift experience, blind and partially sighted kids can get behind the wheel and drive a brand new, dual control Vauxhall Corsa!  All of our venues have a fleet of Vauxhall Corsa's fitted with manual gearboxes.  However, if the blind or partially sighted driver has additional needs or simply can't get on with a manual gearbox, at London, Birmingham and Manchester, we can offer a Vauxhall Corsa with an automatic gearbox and hand controls!

The Blind Driving Lesson....

The Blind driving experience takes place at dedicated venues, where government approved, fully qualified driving instructors will teach young visually impaired drivers how to drive in a safe and controlled environment. The Blind driving experience will teach kids how to start, stop, steer, reverse and change gear on a specially constructed course, designed to simulate real life road scenarios. The road systems include roundabouts, junctions and traffic signs. The driving lessons follow the Driving Standards Agency curriculum and will be tailored to the drivers age and level of sight.

On the Day

On arrival at the venue, you will register at the reception desk where you’ll be greeted by a member of the Blind driving experience team.

After registering, you will meet your driving instructor who will take you to your Vauxhall Corsa. Your instructor will talk you through the seat position, seat belt, car controls and mirrors. You will then have a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the car. After you feel comfortable, you will move off to the road course and you will continue with your Blind driving experience on the specially constructed course for either 30 or 60 minutes.

After your lesson has finished, you will be given your Drive Diary by your instructor. The Drive Diary is used to log your progress so if you do want to come back again, we will know what you did in your last lesson. The drive diary is yours to keep and can be taken to any of the other Blind driving experience locations.

Need to know

How long does it take?
The Blind Driving experience will last for either 30 or 60 minutes depending on what has been purchased. You will be required to arrive 15 minutes before your time slot if it is your first driving lesson.

What should I wear/bring?
Sensible shoes are a must. No flip flops or wellies! It is advisable to wear suitable outdoor clothing if it is cold. If you wear contact lenses or glasses then you must wear these.

When can I try it?
Available throughout the year on selected weekend and school holiday dates.

Can my friends & family come and watch me drive?
Family and friends are all welcome to come and watch, at no charge.

Restrictions

  • Drivers must be between the ages of 11 - 17
  • All drivers must have an adult in attendance
  • Minimum height 1.42m or 4'8" tall
  • This experience will go ahead in most weather conditions except for thunder storms, snow and ice.

Accessibility

This experience takes place in a large open-air car park. There are no steps to overcome and the terrain is flat, laid to concrete/tarmac and easily negotiable for a wheelchair user.

The location is sufficiently sized to allow for a large open driving area in addition to the simulated road layout with roundabouts, parking and more.

There are dedicated disabled parking bays at this location within a short distance from the driving area.

There are disabled toilets a short walk from the driving area.

The venue is spacious, there is plenty of room to manoeuvre a wheelchair and there is ample room to access the vehicles.

Assistance dogs are welcome at the venue, be mindful that there are limited grass areas for “spending” an assistance dog. Dogs must remain on leads at all times for safety reasons.

A car can be made available that has an automatic gearbox, push/pull “Auto Adapt” hand controls and a steering ball attached to the steering wheel.

Who can do this?

This Blind driving experience for kids is suitable for people with the following disabilities:

  • Visually Impaired

If your disability is not listed here, and you are interested in a driving experience for a teenager, please see our Young Driver Driving Experience.