Henrietta in the driving seat for disabled drivers

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A TEENAGE, disabled driver is helping young people with disabilities to get behind the wheel of their first car.

Henrietta Freeman, 18, is one of two young disabled drivers who held Ask the Driver sessions at Get Going Live!, free one-day driving events where young people with disabilities can gain their first experience of accessible driving, with a view to gaining their provisional licence at the age of 16.

She shared her ‘learning to drive’ experience, including finding an instructor with specialist knowledge, choosing the right vehicle and adaptations, available schemes and general hints and tips.

Henrietta attended the very first Get Going Live! – also held at Donington Park - last year and now urges other young disabled people, who are thinking about their first car, to go.

She said: “It’s fab that I have the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to others in a similar position that I was in one year ago,”

“As well as important safety tips it is amazing how some very simple techniques can make a huge difference. I was lucky enough to meet Jason Richards from Ford who showed me the art of transferring to and from the driver’s seat and how to lift my wheelchair into the car without too many bumps or bruises.”

Vehicles lined up on this year’s test drive grids included a variety of models from Citroën, Ford, Nissan, Peugeot, SEAT, Vauxhall and VW – fitted with a range of adaptations.