Four children and their careless parents learn about road safety. On day two, the teams' reversing skills are tested as they use their cars to knock a giant football into a goal.
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Four children fed up with their parents' driving.
Dad, you're driving too fast!
Four parents who have slipped into bad habits.
Knocked it down...smashed it up!
Just nine days to change their ways before they face
the Ultimate Driving Test and our examiner.
This is such a distraction. And it's not safe.
Last time, tempers flared.
Could have been him.
And there was some pretty awful driving.
I don't believe it.
It's going to be a challenging time
and it looks like we've got our work cut out.
Welcome back to Driving Academy.
Hello, I'm Joe Swash.
and this is Driving Academy
here in St Athan, Wales.
It's day two and, each day, our teams are going to face a series
of challenges all in the name of road safety, so, let's get to it.
Hold-up! Wait for me.
Coming up on Driving Academy...
Can our rookies master the art of reversing?
Let go, quick!
What's going to distract Mr C and make him crash today?
Who will face our stinky forfeit?
And what are they celebrating?
Stay tuned to find out.
But first it's time for Learner Lesson.
Each day at the academy, our rookies will learn a new element
of road safety and today it's reversing.
Our rookies can't drive on public roads
but here at the Academy, anything is possible.
In charge of our lessons is elite instructor Vicky Lovell.
With 24 years of instructing under her belt,
she knows every angle of road safety.
The rookies today will learn that reversing
is about observation skills and technical ability.
During the lesson, Vicky uses dual controls
so our rookies always stay safe.
In this lesson, our kids have to reverse around
cones we've laid out. First, it's Rhys.
So far, he's had quite a reckless style that we think
-he's picked up from his mum.
-My mum's worst habit
would be driving with her knees and doing her make up.
As a woman, I multitask. My car is not just a car.
It's an office, where we check homework,
I drive with my knees whilst opening a drink.
Let's see if Rhys can learn to concentrate and drive safely.
He's just missed cone number one but he's heading for cone number two.
-Too much steering.
Steer back to miss the other one.
Oh, that was close.
Oh, no. If that was a bollard
or parked car, Rhys would have wrecked his car.
Come on, Rhys. You need to nail reversing
to pass on safety driving tips to your mum.
We all remember that it was her poor driving
that led to your team's failure in Superskills on Day One.
-OK, let's reposition.
Oh... Oh, Rhys, stop! No. That's it.
-Don't go further.
-What about the cones?
-I didn't see that one there.
-You need to sort it out
if you and your mum stand any chance in today's Superskill.
The worst bit which was the hardest, was really doing the turning
whilst reversing, doing it the opposite way.
So, shaky start for Rhys. This lesson looks tough.
I'm worried about Molly
as we all know she gets easily distracted.
-Why's it making that noise?
It's just a parking sensor, Molly, don't panic!
Break. Break, break!
-Put your hands on the steering wheel.
-Yes, that's not going to help.
I can see why my dad gets frustrated because it is frustrating, driving.
Well, Andy's driving certainly frustrated Molly on Day One.
I don't know, Dad! There, there, there, but you wouldn't have it!
They passed, only just.
But this dad needs to improve.
We've hit one now, you.
And if Molly can conquer reversing,
maybe she can pass that safe driving onto her dad.
Yeah! I did it!
OK, third up, it's Mr Confident Jono
whose mum Michelle is Mrs Nervous.
Mum needs help because she's lost her confidence,
and hopefully the Academy will boost it again.
Being nervous makes me drive slower.
On day one,
they scraped a pass despite mum Michelle's panicky driving.
Jono needs to concentrate
if they're going to keep their perfect record. Great mirror work.
Cone number one, no problem.
Now line us up with the next one, then.
Oh, oh, oh! Careful, Jono!
He's flying through this lesson!
-I actually did that.
-You did that nicely.
At the start, I wasn't very confident.
Going through it, I was gaining confident.
By the end, I was happy.
Let's hope some of that confidence rubs off on his mum.
Let's hope Manisha doesn't panic again.
It cost her on day one when her team failed
because she nearly ran over one of my crash test dummies.
Instructor Vicky saved her then.
But can she master reversing now?
-Did you miss it?
-I JUST hit it!
Starting to get a bit too fast, sweetie. Straighten up now.
-Straighten up then.
Oh, a little fast there.
Is that a habit she might have picked up from her dad?
She thinks I drive too fast for the conditions. She also thinks
I don't pay enough attention to road signs and what I should be doing.
Steer away from that cone, quickly. Quickly, steer away!
-Don't run it over! Stop then!
Doing it by myself, I realise how hard reversing is.
The funniest bit was when I knocked over the cone and I didn't realise.
You also took your hands off the wheel - that's not safe.
It is my first time, so... You can forgive me.
The rookies have learnt how hard reversing is.
Hopefully they can pass on Vicky's safety tips to their parents.
And try the super-size, Superskill reversing challenge later.
You've guessed it,
this giant football has got something to do with it.
So he shoots. And he misses!
Now time for a quick safety demo.
There are lots of dangers on our roads,
from speeding drivers to bad weather.
But did you know there are dangers inside the car?
Driver distraction is one of the worst.
So drivers, don't be a dummy and keep your eyes on the road.
This is Mr Crash, or Mr C to his friends.
Mr C is a complete dummy.
When he gets behind the wheel, he can't keep his eyes on the road.
The question is, though, what's going to distract him today?
First, he's taken his drink with him.
Second, he's got his game tucked down next to the gear stick.
And third, he's got his weekly shopping list.
Mr C, don't forget my teabags!
First our teams get a quick look to try and work out
what one of today's potential distractions will cause
Mr C to crash. This isn't for points so play along too.
-There's a pen.
-A shopping list.
-He'd look at the shopping list.
Good spot, Cliff. Never read anything at the wheel
apart from road signs.
Or he can't change gear cos the DS is there.
Yes, Rhys. That computer game can obstruct the gearstick
-and that can be dangerous.
-I don't think it's the drink.
Manisha, it could very well be that drink.
Remember if you need to drink or eat, ALWAYS pull over.
So all three objects can cause a crash,
but which one will distract Mr C today?
Go on, have a guess while I make sure the road is clear.
Oh, look at this mess.
Look, someone's left all their paint pots everywhere.
Someone can crash into this.
Oh, no - Mr C!
A huge pile of red paint tins? Surely he can't crash into them.
Hang on, though, this is Mr C! This guy gets distracted by everything.
Remember, all three objects can be dangerous.
There's a drink in case he gets thirsty,
a computer game next to his gearstick
and Mr C's weekly shopping list.
Last chance to guess which one.
Off he goes. Looking nice and steady.
But hold up a minute. What's Mr C doing?
He's having a drink. Stop being a dummy! Look out!
Did you get it right at home? It was because
he was having a drink that caused the crash. Put it down, Mr C.
Mr C is a fully trained stunt driver
and all his crashes are performed by experts.
Don't be a dummy - don't try this at home.
Stay tuned for our Superskills Challenge
in just a few minutes time but first,
before you go near a car you should
learn the rules of the road, The Highway Code. Our teams
have been studying them furiously for the next part of the show.
The Highway Quiz.
Today's Highway Quiz is about what you should do
before you get in a car and drive away safely.
As you see, we have four cars behind you.
Each of them have ten things wrong with them.
You need to put them right within 60 seconds.
You need seven out of ten right to get this,
-today's Highway Quiz badge.
-Are you ready, teams?
Three, two, one, go!
There are ten dangerous items
that need to be sorted to make our cars safe to drive in.
Cliff's spotted that bonnet early and those leaflets
need to be cleaned off the windscreen.
Then there's a parcel shelf that needs clearing.
-Child seat won't be used.
-It looks like
Sarah has a plan for the unsecured child seat.
But will the teams spot the twisted mirror
-or hazardous sweets left on the dashboard?
Sarah's spotted the seat's in the wrong position.
Jump in the front. Seat's got to go up.
-But will they switch the mobile off and stow it away?
Cliff's found that phone. Will he turn it off?
30 seconds remaining.
We've been sneaky and left a glass bottle under a tyre.
-There's a glass under the tyre.
-You grab it, it's on your side.
-Well spotted, Rhys.
Now remember, the teams need to make seven out of ten objects safe.
The tenth and final is that seat belt. They need to buckle up
-before the 60 seconds are up.
-Come on, look at it!
Sarah and Rhys, hurry up! You need to buckle up before your time's up.
Andy, quickly! I think you've just made it.
So let's see how our rookies did.
The bonnet hasn't really attached. If you go fast, that might whip off.
The bottle on the front left tyre, is still under there.
But you haven't strapped in a child seat.
The Blues have achieved seven out of ten
so it's a badge for Jono and Michelle.
How did Manisha and Cliff got on?
Very well done, you removed the parcels.
-Clears up your vision.
You've strapped in a child seat, very good.
-But Cliff, what's this?
Your phone's next to you. You need to turn it off and put it away
until you've finished. It mustn't tempt you.
-But overall, well done.
Only one object missed. That's nine out of ten for Manisha and Cliff.
Well done, guys. But how about the Orange Team?
-First, where's your phone?
-In my pocket.
Can I have your phone? It shouldn't be put in your pocket,
it should be put away and switched off.
I could see you trying to put your seat belts on,
but it's vital you put them on so next time, stick them on.
But overall, good job.
Eight out of ten for Molly and Andy
so that's a badge for them. That just leaves the Green Team.
Well done, you've got your seat belts on
and you've put the child seat in the boot. Got that out of the way.
Well done, Green Team!
Top of the Academy class with a whopping ten out of ten.
I'll leave the guys to it but they need to keep revising
because at the end of the series
they'll face a highway quiz showdown.
So keep studying that Highway Code, teams.
The moment has come. It's Superskills Challenge time.
Our teams are put to the test with everything they've learnt today.
Today's challenge is Penalty Boot-Out.
It's all about reversing.
Our teams must be as confident going backwards as forwards,
as they'll have to stay in reverse the whole time.
How mean am I, eh?
As always, this Superskills is testing the parents and the rookies.
They have to drive out of the players' tunnel
and carefully reverse around each player
without even brushing their boots.
Our advice is stay aware and keep checking those mirrors.
Then they'll have to kick the giant ball into the goal
with their boot. If they fail,
they will face a mucky forfeit indeed. But the rules are simple.
Both the rookies and parents have two chances to score.
They need two goals to pass but they need to drive safely.
It's not me they need to impress - oh, no.
Everything will happen within eyeshot of our examiner,
and she is one tough lady.
The driving school chief examiner's word is final.
If Sandra says "foul," there's no arguing,
because what she doesn't know about road safety isn't worth knowing.
When you're reversing a car, you must be safe.
You must be aware. And you must never lose control.
The teams better beware.
Everyone's poised for the Superskills Challenge.
The teams must score at least two penalties
out of four attempts with the boot of their car.
Andy and Molly on day one had a few teamwork issues.
I've hit one now, you.
Let's hope things are a little calmer today.
I'll look out this window.
And I'll direct you.
Thank you. Much appreciated, Molly.
Wow. So much calmer and it's paying off. Andy passes the defenders
and approaches the ball. It's the moment of truth.
-Go on, Dad.
-Go on, Andy.
-Get in there! Go on!
So close but yet so far.
Blues up next and it's a nervy start, but Michelle
soon shakes off my defenders and arrives at the ball.
-But can she muster enough confidence to score?
-Now give it a whack.
Here she goes.
She hits it!
Go on, go on!
-Ohh! It's just wide!
-That's a shame.
Jono's obviously gutted.
Michelle hit the ball at the wrong angle and kicked it wide. No score.
The Purples' chance now.
Former speeder Cliff seems to have now turned into Captain Cautious.
Where's that referee?
He's checking to make sure the referee's safely behind him.
He's either being cautious or he knows you're listening.
-Make sure you do this good, OK?
-I've got to get the angles right.
-Get your angles right.
-A cautious approach from Cliff
but can it pay off with his first goal?
-He's missed the ball completely. What a disaster!
What did you do, Dad?
You totally missed the ball. That's what you did, Dad!
Last, the Green team, and this challenge will be tough for Sarah.
The car's really banged up. She's always bumping up kerbs,
crashing into things. She's broken both wing mirrors
on the gate outside our house.
We know she hits things in reverse, so maybe she'll have a good go
at this football!
OK, Sarah. It's your big moment. I hope you have a plan.
I'll do a Beckham thing. You know he catches it on the side?
-Beckham? This is a goal, then.
-All right, then.
Is it going get there?
-Is that in?
Ohhh! Inches away!
The wind took it!
No use blaming the wind. You hardly touched the ball.
The parents have proved why they're here at Driving Academy
by scoring a total of...zero goals.
Let's see if the kids can show them up.
First is Mr Confident, Jono.
Jono thinks he's going to do better than his mum.
He is quite confident.
Over-confidence in a car is actually the cause of many accidents.
Nearly half way through and still no goals.
-Come on, Jono - it's your big chance.
Go on, Jono!
Ah, well done, Jono!
Great shot, great reversing skills, great result.
It's our first Superskills goal. Well done!
You and your mum need one more shot on target to get your pass.
Next up is nervous reverser, Molly. Can she score one for the team?
Really good. Fantastic.
Oh, my gosh.
You've took one on.
-Look over there.
It's great to see that teamwork. Now Molly's ready to shoot.
Molls, this is your chance to score when your dad didn't.
Go back pretty quick and hit it. Go on, you're all right.
Oh, oh, oh...
She's hit the post, same as Andy.
I don't think you could have got closer. Unlucky.
Let's hope Rhys gets on better on his first run.
He shimmies past the defenders. He's just got to slot it home.
Remember, the Green Team have yet to score.
-All right there. Give it some welly.
Here he goes.
We nearly had the car in the goal, but not the ball.
Rhys, unfortunately, you didn't score.
Not great advice from Sarah - "Give it some welly"?
Sandra's not going to like that.
Manisha will find this super-tough.
Going from a disastrous reversing lesson earlier,
my crash test dummies better watch their backs!
Slow right down. Now turn it the other way. All the way.
She's needing an awful lot of guidance and tuition,
Come on, Manisha. Let's score that first goal for the Purples.
-She looks a little bit nervous.
-Go fast backwards. Go on.
Oh, she's hit it. It's going.
Oh, it's going wide. Poor Manisha.
Still no goal for the Purples.
and only the Blues have scored.
So, if Cliff, Andy or Sarah
miss their next kick
they cannot pass the Superskills.
This is where it gets serious.
Here goes Cliff. I can barely watch this.
-Is it going well?
-Yes, we're going to score.
This is it. Take a deep breath!
Oh, no! He's done it again!
Both times Cliff barely managed to even hit the ball.
A disaster - the third miss so the Purples have automatically failed
and are out of the competition.
Right, Andy's second shot.
There's a lot of pressure. They need this
to stand any chance of a pass.
Almost at the ball. Do it quickly as well.
-Hang on. I've got to make sure it's straight.
-Gas. Gas. Gas.
-What a goal!
Go, go, go, go, go!
What a goal! What a celebration!
I think Andy might be pleased with that one.
Straight in the back of the net. The Oranges are back in the game.
Next up, Michelle. If she scores, the Blues will pass.
If she misses, everything will come down to Jono.
Let's see confidence.
-Do you reckon yet?
-Yeah, give it a whack.
Unlucky, Michelle, you just hit the posts. Great attempt.
It would have helped her confidence
-if she'd got a goal there. I'm so sorry for her.
-What a shame.
Final run for Sarah, and so much pressure.
If she misses this, they've failed.
If she concentrates, she can do this.
Take your time. Bring it round.
Fantastic. How about that for a footballer's celebration?
The first goal for the Greens. They're in with a big chance
and the celebrations just keep getting better.
Only the Purples have definitely failed, with three misses.
A goal from Jono, Rhys and Molly
will mean their teams pass.
All the pressure is now on the rookies for the final swap.
Here goes Jono. Can he do it?
Not yet, not yet.
It's going in.
He did so well, didn't he?
I think he's happy with that.
He's delighted. Well done, Jono.
Back of the net! Two goals from Jono and a pass for the Blue Team -
entirely due to Jono and not his mum, I might add.
It's all on Molly now.
She has to score or it's a fail for the Orange Team.
The pressure seems to be ruining that good teamwork.
-No, slow down. Slow down!
-I'm trying to slow down.
-Hit your brake!
She seems really rattled. Come on - stay calm and you'll get this.
Now hit it. Go on.
Go on. Oh, hang on. You're going to have to now.
Oh, no! I couldn't see what I was doing, Dad. You just put me off!
Unlucky, Molly! Unfortunately, that's a miss.
-I don't think she's going to be pleased with that.
Oh, dear - a fail for the Oranges, and Molly is not happy.
That forfeit is not going to make her any happier.
Everything is on Rhys now. If he scores this, the Greens pass.
-Forget the World Cup - this is tense!
Give it a bash but brake.
Great goal, Rhys!
Well done, mate!
I bet he's chuffed about that one.
Great goal, great celebrations!
What a game. But what will Sandra say?
If I could hand out points for goal celebrations,
-this move would have got you ten points.
-Cheers for that.
-Sandra, what did you think?
-You're disappointed. You didn't score.
I'm afraid you've failed the task, but that reversing was superb.
Under control, you had your observations. Don't be disappointed.
The actual reversing, super.
Unlucky. You need to work on that teamwork.
I was really disappointed, not just for me but I was
disappointed for Dad, because he had got that goal and he tried hard
and I feel I've let him down.
Sometimes you've got to leave father and daughter behind
and work as team-mates.
-Michelle, are you proud of him?
-I'm really, really proud.
That was unbelievable.
I'm delighted to say you've passed the task.
Two goals, super. But much more importantly,
your observations and teamwork were good -
That's two out of two Superskills passes for the Blues.
-But Michelle, you're leaving a lot to Jono.
-When I scored,
I was really happy.
Jono was absolutely fantastic.
He gave me a lot of confidence and guidance.
-So, Cliff, you know what I'm going to say.
-Where were you going?!
-I got all my angles wrong.
Just a little bit(!)
-What did you think, Sandra?
-Unfortunately, you failed the task.
But on the plus side, Cliff, you were so aware of that referee.
I was impressed. Aware of a pedestrian in danger.
that was the essential part of that.
Cliff, footballing skills - rubbish.
Unfortunately, Manisha and Cliff, that's your second fail.
Things need to improve.
A bit of a disaster. We failed again.
There is a bright side to it -
I know now I'm better at reversing than my dad.
Well done! There was a lot of pressure riding on that.
-How are you feeling?
-Well done. Sandra, what did you think?
First, you've passed the task.
-You got how many goals there?
Two goals - all you needed.
When you did your first one,
you had some advice.
"Give it some welly."
We understand here, because that's what you're doing,
but in real terms, on the road,
that's probably the worst thing to ever say to anybody.
But all in all,
super skills and a super result.
-Well done, team.
First pass, Greens. But next time, keep your feet off the accelerator!
For the amount of time Rhys has been driving, he did brilliant today.
I didn't think we would pass but I think the only reason that we did
is because you had to hit something, and that's why Mum got one in.
Two tips for reversing - when you're the driver, you're moving
a dangerous machine backwards. Look where you're going.
Is it clear? Is it safe?
More importantly, when you're a pedestrian
or cyclist and you see a car with those white lights on, take care,
because that driver may not have seen you.
We've made it through another day of road safety training.
Let's get down to business. We'll start with the passes.
First, for Rhys and Sarah, their first pass of the series.
You're back on track. Well done. Jono, Michelle.
There you go, well done. You've done brilliantly.
You guys, you know what will happen now, don't you?
It's forfeit time. Here are your toothbrushes of doom.
Get to work. There's cleaning to be done!
While they get messy with their forfeit,
next time on Driving Academy...
Vicky breaks our rookies in with an emergency stop.
Distraction turns to disaster for Mr C.
And will our teams reach breaking point in our Superskills challenge?
Looks like barrel loads of fun. You'll be a fool to miss it!
Join us next time on Driving Academy. Until then, stay safe!
-Watch your back...
Pour it over.
I don't like cleaning cars!
You've had it!
I'm sorry, Manisha.
This is going to take all night!
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Four children and their careless parents learn about road safety and safe driving while having some serious fun along the way! On day two, the teams' reversing skills are tested to the limits when they find out how difficult it is to drive backwards and use their cars to knock a giant football into a goal.