Learn un­der con­trol

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MUMS and dads now have ac­cess to a de­vice to help them in­tro­duce their driv­ing-age chil­dren to safe car con­trol.

Mel­bourne driv­ing in­struc­tion com­pany The Drive 1 Team has started rent­ing out dual-con­trol cars to help learner driv­ers gain con­fi­dence on the road.

The dual-con­trol cars are aimed at par­ents who are help­ing their chil­dren train for their li­cences.

How­ever, Drive 1 owner Harry Graeve says any learner driver, of any age, can use the cars.

The two dual-con­trol Toy­ota Yarises have al­ready proved pop­u­lar.

‘‘The sys­tem adds a level of se­cu­rity and con­fi­dence for a com­plete novice,’’ Graeve says.

Peo­ple with only 10 or 15 hours be­hind the wheel can ben­e­fit enor­mously from the se­cu­rity of the dual-con­trol cars, he says.

For $99 a day, par­ents can rent the dual-con­trol Toy­otas, which have a brake, ac­cel­er­a­tor and clutch on the front pas­sen­ger’s side of the car.

Graeve rec­om­mends par­ents take along a Drive 1 trainer, which costs an ex­tra $55 for a 45-minute ses­sion.

‘‘Not all par­ents are con­ver­sant with the lat­est road laws or driv­ing tech­niques, so we rec­om­mend a trainer go with them ini­tially,’’ he says.

Graeve has plans to ex­pand the num­ber of dual-con­trol cars in his fleet.

Gain con­fi­dence: par­ents can rent dual-con­trol cars for learn­ers.

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