Violet Town’s young learner drivers getting a head start
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.