Life les­son for Learn­ers

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Safety -

DRIV­ING a car is one of the most dan­ger­ous things most of us do in our lives. It’s far more dan­ger­ous than we think, so it pays to be pre­pared when we are old enough to hold a li­cence. By law we are al­lowed to hold a Learner’s Per­mit for a car when we turn 16. All we need to do is read the laws of the road and pass a fairly sim­ple test; but the Learner’s Per­mit is also the be­gin­ning of a life­long jour­ney that will take us on all sorts of ad­ven­tures to ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tions. Along the way we will use our cars for many pur­poses, from driv­ing to and from work, tak­ing the kids to school, go­ing home to see the folks, get­ting away for a week­end, or head­ing off on a longer trek on our an­nual hol­i­days. What­ever it is we do in a car, dan­ger is never far away and we have to be pre­pared when it in­evitably crosses our path. Be­ing prop­erly pre­pared for a safe life on the road should be­gin the mo­ment we think about get­ting a Learner’s Per­mit and it shouldn’t stop un­til the time we hand in our li­cence in our dotage. At the be­gin­ning, most of us sim­ply think about get­ting our li­cence so we can be­gin to en­joy the free­dom driv­ing gives us, but get­ting the Learner’s Per­mit, and the li­cence that fol­lows, are just the be­gin­ning. Get­ting the right start is im­por­tant — it sets the path we will be able to safely fol­low for the rest of our driv­ing lives. Most young driv­ers turn to their par­ents first, but though par­ents can — and should — help in the ed­u­ca­tion of their chil­dren, it’s best left to the pro­fes­sion­als. Even though many par­ents are ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers, they are not nec­es­sar­ily best-qual­i­fied to teach their kids to drive. Driver train­ing is far more than turn­ing the ig­ni­tion key, se­lect­ing first gear and driv­ing away, but that’s es­sen­tially what driver train­ing was when many par­ents were taught to drive. To­day, with the dense traf­fic we have to con­tend with, to­gether with faster, more pow­er­ful cars and a mul­ti­tude of laws, we have to be much bet­ter equipped to han­dle the ev­ery­day dan­gers we will face. That prepa­ra­tion is best pro­vided by a pro­fes­sional trainer who can ad­vise on things such as proper aware­ness on the road, use of mir­rors, read­ing traf­fic dan­gers, as well as the me­chan­i­cal pro­cesses of ac­tu­ally op­er­at­ing the car. Vi­croads re­quires leaner driv­ers to have 120 hours of be­hind-the-wheel prac­tice be­fore they go for their driv­ing test, and that’s where mum and dad can come in. Par­ents can help their kids to be­come safe driv­ers by spend­ing time with them in the car, let­ting them drive in all sorts of con­di­tions, not just to get the min­i­mum 120 hours Vi­croads de­mands, but to ac­quire as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble so they will be equipped to drive safely once they pass the test. Learn­ing to drive never re­ally ends, and should never end, be­cause the dan­gers are al­ways lurk­ing and they are al­ways chang­ing.

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