Violet Town’s young learner-drivers get a head start
YOUNG learner-drivers from around Violet Town were treated to some advanced instruction in driving skills, road safety, and hazard awareness last Sunday.
Thanks to local community efforts and support from Murcott’s Driving Excellence P/L, twelve learner-drivers and their supervisors participated in a full-day driving session.
It involved a mix of theory and practical sessions designed to improve attitude, capability and safety as new drivers on our increasingly busy roads.
Mr Tim Saville, from Murcott’s, who along with colleagues provided the instruction for the day, said he was impressed with the organisation and commitment of the participants.
“Young drivers need to develop experience, and with this comes risk,” he said.
“At Murcott’s, we endeavour to improve driving aptitude, and the capability to understand and evaluate risks.”
He also emphasised that country driving is different to driving in the city.
“In the city, although roads are busier, cars tend to move in groups,” he said.
“In the country, you have gravel or narrow bitumen roads, and also freeways, wandering stock, wildlife, poor signage, and other traffic when you least expect it.”
Fantastic support has been received from the local action group (VTAG), Lions Club, and the Violet Town Op Shop who all provided funds to make the day happen.
Murcott’s and GAME Traffic were tremendously supportive, as has the VT Community House, VT Football and Netball Club, Strathbogie Shire, and VicRoads.
Pearl, one of the participants, obviously enjoyed the training saying this was the best day ever and she learnt so much.
COMMUNITY EFFORT: Several community groups and members came together to make the day possible.