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Tayto Park and Nissan open Ireland's first driving school for kids

Twins Conor and Tara Ocks (4) are the first to try out the cars that will be driven at the Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park in Co Meath, which opens to the public on March 24. Tayto Park and Nissan have joined forces to open Ireland's first ever driving school which gives kids the chance to learn the rules of the road and to test their driving skills on a purpose built, road marked traffic course

THEME venue Tayto Park in Co Meath has joined forces with Nissan to open Ireland's first ever driving school for kids, giving then the chance to learn the rules of the road and to test their driving skills on a purpose built, road marked traffic course before leaving with their own driving licence.

The new 1,000 sq metres track is currently under construction at Tayto Park in Ashbourne and will be completed and open to the public on Saturday March 24.

The easy drive track will accommodate 20 miniature battery operated Nissan cars at one time with the new attraction set to give young drivers a real experience of what it is like to take to the road.

All young drivers arriving at the Nissan Driving School will enjoy a short video demonstration at the new attraction's learning theatre, where they will learn the rules of the road before negotiating the traffic course. 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 pick up their driving licence.

Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle said: “We're always looking for innovative and creative ways to enhance the experience for families at our theme park and zoo. The Nissan Driving School at Tayto Park will be the first of its kind in Ireland of which I'm sure will be very popular among our younger visitors this season."

Nissan Ireland chief executive James McCarthy added: “Innovation and excitement for everyone is at the heart of what we do. We're 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 - many of them from Northern Ireland - are the electric vehicle drivers of tomorrow, and this partnership provides an exciting opportunity for us to continue pioneering the switch to electric vehicle driving.”

This season Tayto Park will recruit 500 full and part time staff from now until the end of the season across the parks many attractions, retail outlets, food and beverage and facilities.

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