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Wheels (Australia) - - Contents - Jo Wil­son-ri­d­ley, via email

I was ab­so­lutely de­lighted to read Stephen Corby’s col­umn in the July 2018 edi­tion, on Ger­many’s driv­ing dis­ci­pline.

I to­tally agree with Stephen – ed­u­ca­tion is the key to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of new drivers on our road. Like Stephen’s young Ger­man com­pan­ion Niko­las, I lay down the chal­lenge to Stephen to be part of the so­lu­tion.

I run free work­shops for par­ents su­per­vis­ing learner drivers on be­half of State and Lo­cal Govern­ment. The work­shops are de­signed to equip par­ents with prac­ti­cal skills and confidence to be ef­fec­tive su­per­vi­sors cham­pi­oning safe and good driv­ing.

The work­shops cover manda­tory re­quire­ments for learner drivers in­clud­ing 120 hours on-road su­per­vised driv­ing, 20 hours su­per­vised night-time driv­ing and li­cenc­ing con­di­tions for learn­ers to en­hance safety.

The work­shops also stress the vi­tal role su­per­vi­sors per­form in in­flu­enc­ing learner drivers’ at­ti­tudes and behaviour to driv­ing. We dis­cuss the func­tion par­ents have per­formed to date as driv­ing role mod­els for their back-seat pas­sen­ger chil­dren.

At this point many par­ents con­fess poor driv­ing habits and com­mit to im­prov­ing their driv­ing behaviour. It’s a ben­e­fi­cial con­se­quence of our li­cenc­ing sys­tem, en­abling re­fresher ed­u­ca­tion of ex­ist­ing drivers on road rules and safety.

The free work­shop for su­per­vi­sors is not manda­tory, how­ever par­tic­i­pants rave about the confidence and skills they gain from set­ting aside two hours to en­hance their knowl­edge on be­ing a su­per­vi­sor.

Any ad­di­tional pro­mo­tion or sup­port for the free work­shops is gold and I would love to in­vite Stephen Corby to at­tend one of my work­shops to experience first-hand the train­ing and sup­port of­fered to su­per­vi­sors of learner drivers.

As Stephen rightly noted in his ar­ti­cle, pro­duc­ing good drivers is no ac­ci­dent.

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