Early start be­hind the wheel is vi­tal

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL GOVER www.nt­news.com.au

PETER Brock learned to drive when he was still in short pants.

Young Brock was skid­ding around the fam­ily prop­erty at the wheel of a home-built spe­cial at a time when most of his school mates would prob­a­bly have been learn­ing to ride their first bi­cy­cle.

Todd and Rick Kelly, two of the cur­rent V8 Supercars stars, both learned to drive be­fore they were eight years old on a fam­ily prop­erty at Mil­dura.

Mo­tor­cy­cles came first, when the Kelly kids were less than five, fol­lowed by a range of farm ma­chin­ery in­clud­ing trac­tors. Then a top-qual­ity safe driv­ing course, the pur­chase of a low-pow­ered first car, and strict su­per­vi­sion of where, when and how any driv­ing is done.

Then more train­ing for the next 20 years or more, with reg­u­lar safe-driv­ing re­fresh­ers and up­dates in ev­ery new car through the garage.

So far it seems to have worked fairly well— for me.

Peter Brock was a sup­porter of road safety ini­tia­tives such as the Drive 4 Life cam­paign which aimed to help driv­ers from ru­ral Vic­to­ria learn driver safety

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