Grants call for young driv­ers

NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By MARK HINCH­LIFFE

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.

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