IDrive keeps kids safe in driver’s seat
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.rallywhitsunday.com or facebook.com/WSCClub.
CLASS: Hannah Smith, Mitch Bradford, Chris and Trent Gilmont, Cody Horder, Rhys Hall, Shakira and Savannah Tetley.