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The Under 17 Car Club

Charitable Trust

Driving for the Future

Our Aim

The Trust promotes road safety through driver education among young and pre-licence drivers

By engaging with this group of people before they reach 17, we are able to instil attitudes of safer driving that stay with them for life. Graduates of our schemes are much less likely to be involved in an accident than those who do not have appropriate training before the age of 17. The U17CC Charitable Trust was launched on 16th October 2012 in the House of Commons.

We believe that the most effective way to enable this vulnerable group to respond to the challenge is by:

  • Substantially increasing their awareness of the risks
  • Supporting them in developing risk aware driving attitudes
  • Increasing their level of technical competence as drivers


Primarily focused on comparing experiences ‘on the road’ with those of our groups

Our research is primarily focused on comparing the experience ‘on the road’ of those who have attended the Under 17 Car Club or the Under 17 Drivers Pathfinder Projects with their peer group nationally.

Historically undertaken on a purely qualitative basis, in 2006 a first formal survey was completed and published supported by Liverpool John Moores University. Further formal surveys completed in 2012 and 2014 were validated with support from Manchester Business School. Our most recent survey in 2018 was validated by Loughborough University.

While developing and maintaining an awareness of other driver education activity aimed at our target group both in the UK and Overseas, and of academic and governmental publications internationally, our own activity is primarily empirical and based on those engaged with our work. This provides us with a continually evolving sample group and the ability to report achievement on an extended longitudinal basis. Our evidence now extends to cover experiences over more than ten years.

Charity Documents

For more information on the charity we have made available a range of documents:

The Challenge of Novice Drivers

It is only when attending Roadsafe – a major national Road Safety exhibition - that one begins to appreciate fully the scale of the work of The Under 17 Car Club and the Pathfinder Project. This is the challenge.


Our Philosophy

Novice drivers (typically aged 17-24) are at a greater risk of a road traffic collision than any other group. These collisions often resulting in one or more individuals being killed or seriously injured.


Our partnership with IAM RoadSmart

We have joined forces with the renowned Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM RoadSmart) making the Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust an IAM RoadSmart approved training provider.



The latest accounts for the Trust, Club and Pathfinder are available to view:

Charitable Trust

Accounts, 30th November 2022


Under 17 Car Club

Accounts, 30th November 2022



Accounts, 30th November 2022


Associated Charities

We are proud to be associated with and a regular fund raiser for Teenage Cancer Trust – a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.


The current Trustees of the Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust are:


Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust Supporters

If you think that you or your organisation / company can provide any support for our activities, please contact us. We are always grateful for assistance to further enhance the education and experience of our young drivers.

Our supporters provide experience, vehicles, venues, volunteers and other levels of support in helping us to educate and inform young drivers from an early age thus reducing their risk of becoming a young driver statistic of the future.