Coun­cil hosts young driver work­shop

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

Young driv­ers make up about 15 per­cent of all driv­ers, but rep­re­sent more than a third of an­nual road fa­tal­i­ties.

Those who are teach­ing a young per­son to drive can com­bat th­ese sta­tis­tics by mak­ing sure learner driv­ers get off to the best pos­si­ble start by at­tend­ing a free work­shop.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil will be host­ing a work­shop for par­ents and su­per­vi­sors of learner driv­ers at the Corowa RSL Club on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 8 start­ing at 6.30pm.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Eden said the Help­ing Learner Driv­ers Be­come Safer Driv­ers course of­fered par­ents and su­per­vi­sors prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how to pro­vide ef­fec­tive driv­ing prac­tice.

“Par­ents and su­per­vi­sors play a vi­tal role in ad­vis­ing and sup­port­ing novice driv­ers,” he said.

“The course was de­vel­oped by the Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices to sup­port and bet­ter pre­pare par­ents and su­per­vi­sors for the job of su­per­vis­ing a learner driver.

“The work­shop will cover top­ics such as how to use the Learner Driver Log Book, plan­ning driv­ing ses­sions, how to deal with dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions that may arise dur­ing driv­ing prac­tice and the im­por­tance of giv­ing the learner con­struc­tive feed­back and the re­cently in­tro­duced changes to the Grad­u­ated Li­cens­ing Scheme.”

Mr Eden said par­ents and su­per­vi­sors who have pre­vi­ously at­tended the course found it boosted their con­fi­dence, helped them bet­ter plan driv­ing ses­sions and al­lowed them to share their ex­pe­ri­ences with other par­ents and su­per­vi­sors.

“Pass­ing on the right driv­ing skills to learner driv­ers can save their lives,” he said.

Book­ings for the Help­ing Learner Driv­ers Be­come Safer Driv­ers course are es­sen­tial and can be made by call­ing Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s Road Safety Of­fi­cer Scott Lan­dells on 0481 267 269.

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