Vi­o­let Town’s young learner driv­ers get­ting a head start

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YOUNG learner driv­ers from around Vi­o­let Town were treated to some ad­vanced in­struc­tion in driv­ing skills, road safety, and haz­ard aware­ness on Sun­day, thanks to lo­cal com­mu­nity ef­forts and sup­port from Mur­cott’s Driv­ing Ex­cel­lence P/ L.

Some 13Thir­teen learn­er­drivers and their su­per­vi­sors par­tic­i­pated in a full- day ses­sion in­volv­ing a mix of the­ory and prac­ti­cal ses­sions de­signed to im­prove both ca­pa­bil­ity and safety as new driv­ers on our in­creas­ingly busy roads.

Tim Sav­ille from Mur­cott’s, who along with col­leagues pro­vided the in­struc­tion for the day, said he was im­pressed with the or­gan­i­sa­tion and com­mit­ment of the par­tic­i­pants.

“Young driv­ers need to de­velop ex­pe­ri­ence, and with this comes risk,” he said.

“At Mur­cott’s, we en­deav­our to im­prove driv­ing ap­ti­tude, and the ca­pa­bil­ity to un­der­stand and eval­u­ate risks.

“Coun­try driv­ing is dif­fer­ent to that in the city.

“In the city, although roads might be busier, cars tend to move in groups.

“In the coun­try, you have gravel or nar­row bi­tu­men roads, and also free­ways, wan­der­ing stock, wildlife, poor sig­nage, and other traf­fic when you least ex­pect it.

“Aware­ness of what could hap­pen is es­sen­tial to safer driv­ing.”

Jeff Welsh of Vi­o­let Town said they’ve re­ceived fan­tas­tic sup­port from the lo­cal ac­tion group ( VTAG), Lions club, NE Quik Skips, and the Vi­o­let Town Opp Shop which all pro­vided funds to make the day hap­pen.

“Mur­cott’s and GAME Traf­fic have been tremen­dously sup­port­ive, as has the VT Com­mu­nity House, VT Foot­ball and Net­ball Club, Strath­bo­gie Shire, and VicRoads,” he said.

Ned Young, one of the par­tic­i­pants, ob­vi­ously en­joyed the train­ing.

“OMG, this was like the best day ever; I’ve learn’t so much,” he said.

QUICK STOP: Learn­ers prac­tise brak­ing be­fore an ob­sta­cle on the road.

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