Barely Legal Drivers

April 2nd, 2013 in Car Safety


young driver

This morning I was reading the newspaper and came across an article written about Amy Smith who claims she was conned by TV bosses to be the star of a new TV programme called “Barely Legal Drivers. She was made to believe that she was taking part in a lifestyle show after responding to an advert asking for “fun and confident groups of friends.” She thought she was going to be on a TV show similar to The Only Way Is Essex.

Just passed her test:

Amy was told she would need a car for the week so she could travel to various locations, she was filmed at modelling auditions and out shopping with her friends; however the cameras were only focussing on her driving.  Having only just passed her test and not ever driven on the motorway before she was made to drive extremely long distances that she wasn’t comfortable with.

Every moment of her driving was captured and every mistake was filmed for everyone to see. Films of their driving were shown to their parents and to a former traffic officer for them to comment on. Their parents were aware of the true nature of the programme but the young drivers involved did not know.

She said: ‘I’ve been set up. They’ve made me look really stupid. I couldn’t understand why they kept wanting me to get in the car and drive all these far distances. They’re not journeys I would ever normally do.’

BBC bosses said that she was made aware of the true nature of the documentary after it had been filmed and Amy signed a consent form, however it wasn’t until she saw the trailer that she realised she had been made to look really stupid.

Perfect Driver?

I personally think that filming someone’s driving without their knowledge and picking out their mistakes to show the world is completely unacceptable, especially if you are a young driver and driving to places that you aren’t comfortable driving to.

No one is a perfect driver all of the time and I’m sure the producers of the programme make their own mistakes whilst driving, but to purposely pick them out and make someone look stupid for a television programme is going to knock the young driver’s confidence even more.

The programme airs tonight on BBC Three at 9pm.