The Year Of The Driving Test
17 in 2017

Meet Max. He’s turning 17 in 2017. Like 679,029 others who were born in the UK in 2000, this makes him eligible to take his driving test this year and (if he’s lucky) bag himself a brand new 17-plate car from March 2017.

While the driving test is a pretty big landmark in Max’s life so far, and probably all he’s thinking about at the moment, there have been plenty more momentous occasions over the last 17 years, for him and the rest of the world. Let’s look at some of the things Max’s friends and family might recall in the years since the turn of the millennium…

2000

The Big Brother series first invades our homes.

The Y2K bug was indeed a lot of fuss about nothing.

2001

The first of the Harry Potter films is released.

Apple introduce the iPod – the first of many!

2002

Pop Idol crowns Will Young as its first winner.

The nation celebrates the Golden Jubilee.

2003

Concorde makes its last commercial flight.

A new series iof Dr Who announced 14 years on.

2004

Strictly Come Dancing makes an appearance.

SpaceShipOne is the first privately-funded spaceplane.

2005

YouTube appears this year allowing us to vlog.

Civil Partnership Act gives same rights as civil marriage.

2006

Planet Earth makes debut on the BBC.

Twitter inventor Michael Dorsey sends the first tweet.

2007

Smokers are relegated to the great outdoors.

The new Wembley Stadium is opened after a five-year wait.

2008

US TV programmes grinds to a halt as writers go on strike.

John Darwin and wife Anne are rumbled for faking his death.

2009

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, dies suddenly.

Barack Obama is sworn in as the first black US President.

2010

Road grit shortage occurs during one of the worst cold snaps.

Due to Volcanic ash cloud over 95,000 flights are cancelled.

2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton get hitched.

10 years after the 9/11 attacks, Osama Bin Laden found.

2012

Wikileaker, Julian Assange, runs away to hide in Ecuador.

Great Britain hosts the 2012 Olympic Games.

2013

King Richard III remains found under Leicester car park.

Candy Crush becomes the most popular game on Facebook.

2014

WikiScotland votes to remain part of the United Kingdom.

The year of the selfie, thanks to Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars photo.

2015

Jewels worth £14 million are stolen by 4x pensioners.

First Cereal Killer Cafe opens in London via Crowdfunding.

2016

Pokemon Go is downloaded 500 million times worldwide.

Donald Trump becomes ‘leader of the free world’.

2017

It’s time for Max to test his
driving theory. Only one
more hurdle before he can
take his driving test and hit
the open road…

So, Happy Birthday to Max and all those reaching the milestone age of 17 in 2017. While it’s early in the year, there’s plenty of history to be made but we know one thing for sure: those 17-plates are going to be flying out onto the roads. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that one of them will belong to Max.

If you’re planning to pass your driving test in 2017
and are looking for your first car, Swansway Group is
a great place to start. We provide honest, friendly
advice to new or used car buyers.

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