Schoolboy Dan wins a car

Dan Oliver and the car he won
Dan Oliver and the car he won

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HE’S not even started learning to drive yet, but Daniel Oliver has won his very own car.

The 16-year-old scooped a brand new Fiat 500 worth £12,000 after taking part in a driving project called the Young Drivers scheme at school.

Students at Brookfield School in Sarisbury Green took part in the workshop with Goodyear in which they had a chance to get behind the wheel of a car.

Afterwards they were tested on their driving skills using a computer – and it was thanks to this that Dan found himself with the keys to his very own motor.

He said: ‘It’s still sinking in. I’m shocked.

‘I never thought I was going to win it. It’s probably going to egg me on to pass my test quickly. I don’t have to worry about saving up for a car. My friends were a little bit jealous. They all want to bag the first lift.’

Students at schools across the country took part in the project.

But those at Brookfield School came out as the top 10 winners for the competition.

‘It was a good experience,’ Dan added.

‘We got to drive round in a car for a few minutes and found out about road safety.

‘It benefits us because it gives us a good start to learn the basics. You have an understanding for when you go out and learn to drive.’

Dan now has just under a year to wait until he can start learning to drive, as he doesn’t turn 17 until January 2014.

Headteacher Ian Gates said: ‘It’s a fantastic achievement for Dan to win a car from the thousands of young people who entered the Goodyear competition. The Young Drivers scheme is fantastic.

‘It gives young people a chance to gain confidence in a safe environment before they start driving learning for their driving test at 17.

‘They get an awareness of the complexities of driving and I’m sure it will make them safer drivers when they finally start learning for real.’