Ireland’s first driving school for children

Local lollipop man David Mitchell from St Andrew's National School, Asbourne, Co Meath, with twins Conor and Tara Ocks aged four who are the first children to try out the cars that will be driven at the Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park.  Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Local lollipop man David Mitchell from St Andrew's National School, Asbourne, Co Meath, with twins Conor and Tara Ocks aged four who are the first children to try out the cars that will be driven at the Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Tayto Park and Nissan have joined forces to open Ireland’s first driving school for children.

The Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park in County Meath gives children the chance to learn the rules of the road, test their driving skills on a purpose built traffic course, and leave with a 'driving licence'.

The new 1,000m2 track opened at Tayto Park in Ashbourne on March 24, and can accommodate 20 miniature battery operated Nissan cars at one time.

All drivers arriving at the Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will enjoy a short video demonstration at the new attraction’s learning theatre, where the rules of the road will be explained before they negotiate the course. Young drivers who complete the course and prove to their parents that they have what it takes to make the move from the back seat to the front seat can then pick up their 'driving licence'.

Founder of Tayto Park, Raymond Coyle says Tayto Park is always looking for innovative and creative ways to enhance the experience for families.

"The Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will be the first of its kind in Ireland which I’m sure will be very popular among our younger visitors this season. I’m delighted to welcome Nissan to Tayto Park as this marks a milestone as the first sponsored attraction at the park."

CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy, says innovation and excitement is at the heart of what Nissan does.

"We are delighted to bring that thinking to our sponsorship of the new Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park. The thousands of children who will enjoy this new family attraction are the EV drivers of tomorrow.

"This partnership provides an opportunity for Nissan to continue pioneering the switch to electric vehicle driving. We look forward to demonstrating the full range of Nissan vehicles, including the new Nissan Leaf, as part of the new family attraction, and to joining Tayto Park in providing children with a fun and memorable experience of what it is like to drive their own car.”

This season, Tayto Park will recruit 500 full and part-time staff across the park's many attractions, retail outlets, and food and beverage facilities.

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