Most people love to imagine what it would be like to own the car of their dreams – but for most, a dream is all it will ever be. That doesn’t mean you have to abandon your hopes of getting behind the wheel of a special vehicle, though. Driving experiences have become enormously popular because they offer just that: the chance to live the life of an ace racing driver, climb behind the controls of a giant truck or experience the glitz and glamour of some of the world’s most exciting supercars. You’ll be well looked after, with plenty of help as well as helmet and safety gear, while expert instructors will be on hand to help you get the most out of your session. At the end of it all, you’ll be able to look back on having lived the dream for just one day!
Pick your favourite vehicle
There’s a massive variety of options for a driving experience, but in general they split into three categories: racing cars, supercars and quirky vehicles ranging from dumper trucks to tanks.
Racing experiences will see you slip into the cockpit of a specially prepared single-seater car or sportscar and take it round one of the same circuits you’ll have seen your racing heroes compete at. These are usually the most intense experiences, since the car is totally different in handling from your normal road car – as well as being a lot faster! While you won’t actually be dicing for position out on the track, you’ll be expected to keep up the pace.
Supercar experiences are more about glamour and style than sheer speed, although supercars from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari or Porsche are certainly no slouches! With these experiences, you can imagine you’re a billionaire film star or supermodel, turning heads everywhere as you take your machine around the course.
Non-track experiences are increasingly popular with people looking for something totally different. These include truck driving experience days, in which you can take a growling ten-wheeler for a spin; off-road experiences, where a Land Rover or similar is pitted against a demanding, muddy course; and digger experiences, where you’re given access to the levers and switches of a gleaming yellow earth-mover.
What to expect on the day
Driving experiences usually demand that you’ve held a clean driving licence for at least a year, so remember to take yours along. The day proper will begin with a briefing, explaining important safety details and giving tips on how to handle your vehicle. Then, you may have an initial driving session with an instructor either alongside you or in a pace car ahead. After that, you’re on your own! This is the heart of the experience, the period when you truly are living the dream. Finally, there’ll be a debrief and you’ll get a certificate as a permanent reminder of your day.