The Worst Witch prepares to become the best driver as actress swaps her broomstick for four wheels

The Worst Witch prepares to become the best driver as actress swaps her broomstick for four wheels

She may have taken her Broomstick Proficiency Test prior to starting at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but Megan Hughes, the actress who plays Maud Spellbody in TV’s The Worst Witch, now has her eyes firmly set on a different mode of transportation.

Megan, who is 16 and lives in Oxfordshire, has started learning to drive with pre-17 driving school Young Driver. As the UK’s largest driving school for under 17s, Young Driver teaches youngsters from the age of 10 how to safely handle a car, teaching them on specially created road systems at private property with fully qualified instructors.

Megan has appeared in three series of The Worst Witch since 2017, which is a CBBC and Netflix adaptation of the books written by Jill Murphy. The show focuses on Mildred Hubble and her best friend Maud who attend Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, a school of magic.

Having had several lessons at the scheme’s Newbury and Bicester venues, Megan has been learning how to steer, change gear, brake, park and perform manoeuvres behind the wheel of a dual-controlled Vauxhall Corsa. Young Driver has delivered over 950,000 lessons at more than 70 private venues since it launched in 2009. Research shows that if teens extend their driver education and start learning at an earlier age they are far less likely to have an accident when they do go on to pass their test.

TV star Megan Hughes has become an ambassador for pre-17 driving school Young Driver

Megan, who has become a young ambassador for Young Driver, commented: “I was quite nervous before my first lesson, but the instructors helped me to prepare and relax. It is so much fun! I love the parking and reversing and the figure of eights. After every lesson, I can’t wait for my next one to see what I will be learning! I think Young Driver is a great scheme, and I particularly like the way it ensures driving is a skill accessible for all. Personally, I know this will really help when it comes to learning to drive on the road and will help me become a safer driver, which is reassuring to me and my family. I’m not sure what Maud would make of learning to drive but I reckon she’d probably be quite good at it – or at least she could whip up a potion to help!

Sue Waterfield, head of marketing at Young Driver, said: “Megan is doing brilliantly! Her character Maud may be happier on top of a broomstick, but Megan is definitely at home with four wheels firmly on the ground! I know she has several more lessons booked in with us over the next few months, so by the time she reaches 17 she’ll already be confident behind the wheel and understand the mechanics of how to drive. She can then use her on the road lessons to get to grips with things like other traffic and more complicated road systems. It’s the perfect spell for success!

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