IDrive keeps kids safe in driver’s seat

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

TEACH­ING the kids to drive can be one of the most ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of a par­ent’s life.

The teeth-clench­ing, eye­brow-rais­ing and, of course, the sharp in­take of breath when they get just a lit­tle too close to that ex­pen­sive look­ing sports car in the shop­ping cen­tre park­ing lot.

Whit­sun­day Sport­ing Car Club’s iDrive pro­gram is do­ing away with all that, cre­at­ing con­fi­dent young driv­ers for years to come.

“It’s tar­geted at chil­dren be­tween the ages of 12 and 17, and teaches them the ba­sic oper­a­tions of a ve­hi­cle,” Whit­sun­day Sport­ing Car Club sec­re­tary Kym Hall said.

“Break­ing, ma­noeu­vring, re­verse park­ing; all the things you need to know be­fore you go and spend your money on get­ting your li­cence or driv­ing classes.”

The pro­gram gets kids com­fort­able be­hind the wheel in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment, mak­ing sure they’re safe be­fore they hit the open high­way.

“They get to learn how to con­trol a ve­hi­cle in an off-road en­vi­ron­ment be­fore they head off into the public where they can hurt them­selves or oth­ers,” Ms Hall said.

Ms Hall said the pro­gram also al­lowed the kids to let loose their wild side on the track, stop­ping them from do­ing some­thing dan­ger­ous out on the road.

“We find the kids that do this course don’t feel the need to go out and be silly be­cause they can do it in a con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment un­der adult su­per­vi­sion,” she said.

The course costs $50 for the day’s train­ing, in­clud­ing a 12month mem­ber­ship (ex­pir­ing De­cem­ber 2015) with the Whit­sun­day Sport­ing Car Club.

The next train­ing day is set to be held in Au­gust this year.

Visit the Whit­sun­day Sport­ing Car Club web­site or Face­book page for more de­tails: www.ral­ly­whit­sun­ or face­

CLASS: Han­nah Smith, Mitch Brad­ford, Chris and Trent Gil­mont, Cody Horder, Rhys Hall, Shakira and Sa­van­nah Tet­ley.

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