Push for teen drive program
TEENAGE motorists should receive cash subsidies to improve their driving skills, according to one motoring website and a social media outlet.
The call for government driver training grants follows a national online survey which shows one in 10 Generation Z respondents aged 12-18, have been involved in a car crash.
The majority of Gen Z learn their driving skills from family members, rather than professional driving instructors, according to the survey conducted by websites and
Habbo regional director Jeff Brookes has called on the Federal Government to consider a subsidised national driving skills program for teenagers, in the wake of the survey findings and the recent spate of youth road incidents.
‘‘We are encouraging the Federal Government to develop a national plan to better prepare Australian teenagers for the road,’’ Mr Brookes said.
‘‘Professional driving lessons can be an expense many families cannot afford. However, the skills learnt from a professional instruc- tor could be life-saving for Australian teens and others sharing the road. We would like to see incentives to encourage teens to take professional instruction at the L and P plate level and for the Federal Government to consider offering professional driving programs through secondary schools.’’
The survey of more than 1000 teenagers was not all bad news.
It found that up to 76 per cent would be honest about practice hours when obtaining their licence, 84 per cent would not get in a car with someone who has been drinking, 77 per cent would tell a friend to slow down and 78 per cent would always wear a seat belt.
Carhistory boss David Scognamiglio says it is encouraging to see Gen Z taking a responsible approach to driving.
‘‘The research indicates family members are teaching new drivers the rules of the road and proper safety habits,’’ Mr Scognamiglio says.
‘‘However, the best behind-the-wheel training will come from a professional instructor.
‘‘We continue to see a number of teen-related car accidents, which may indicate our young drivers are not fully prepared to get behind the wheel.’’