Britain's young drivers are some of the most dangerous in Europe. This series follows another 12 new drivers to see what they are really like behind the wheel. In each episode, two new drivers are let loose on the road in the family car for a week.
The young drivers believe they are filming a slice of modern teenage life, but in fact it is all about their driving. The cars are fitted with state-of-the-art cameras and a hidden telemetry device to track their speed.
Each of them takes three trips that test every aspect of their driving. Little do they know that their parents are watching their every move on the road. Nor do they have any idea that former traffic cop Judith Roberts and top driving instructor John Lepine MBE are judging their road skills.
At the end of the three journeys, Judge Judith reaches a decision on each driver. If she doesn't like what she has seen, she will hand out bespoke driving lessons that target bad habits. But if she thinks the novices are up to scratch, she will hand their parents the cash to buy them a car of their own.
Twenty-year-old Rob from Hampshire loves the freedom of the open road. An adventurer by heart, he was gutted when his beloved banger was finally carted away for scrap. Back home from university for a week's day-tripping with his old schoolmates, he's borrowing his mum's car. He has no idea that if he drives well, he could land himself another set of wheels. The only thing is, he never follows maps and doesn't even like to be constricted by a destination. Will Rob lose his way or follow his nose to his own motor?
Up in the north east, 18-year-old Rebecca is anxiously waiting for her A-level results. If they are good she'll be off to uni, but that will take some adjusting for the whole family because, since she was 14, she has been her dad's main carer. Rebecca is used to taking responsibility for everyone and everything, but this week her mum is lending her a car for a special blowout with her mates before they get their grades and discover their fates.
Over the week, Rob and Rebecca make three road trips, completely unaware that their parents are secretly scrutinising their driving, as are judges Judith and John. At the end of the three drives, Judith alone decides whether they are ready to be trusted with their own car or sent back to driving school for a refresher.
|Executive Producer||Harry Lansdown|
|Executive Producer||Maureen Goldthorpe|
|Series Producer||Sara Woodford|