Learn under control
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.