Vi­o­let Town’s young learner-driv­ers get a head start

Euroa Gazette - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

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.

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