Grants call for young drivers
TEENAGE motorists should receive cash subsidies to improve their driving skills, according to a motoring website and a social media outlet.
The call for government driver training grants follows a national online survey which shows one in 10 Generation Z respondents aged 12-18, have been involved in a car crash.
Most in Gen Z learn their driving skills from family members, rather than professional driving instructors, according to the survey done by wesbites Habbo Hotel and Carhistory.
Habbo regional director Jeff Brookes has called on the Federal Government to consider a subsidised national driving skills program for teens in the wake of the survey findings and the recent spate of youth road incidents.
‘‘(We) are encouraging the Federal Government to develop a national plan to better prepare Australian teenagers for the road,’’ he said.
‘‘Professional driving lessons can be an expense many families cannot afford, however the skills learned from a professional instructor could be lifesaving for Australian teens and others sharing the road.
‘‘We would like to see incentives developed to encourage teens to take professional instruction at the L and P-plate level and for the Federal Government to consider offering professional driving programs through secondary schools.’’
The survey of more than 1000 teenagers was not all bad news.
It found that up to 76 per cent would be honest about practice hours when getting their licence, 84 per cent would not get in a car with someone who has been drinking, 77 per cent would tell a friend to slow down and 78 per cent would always wear a seatbelt.