Helping Learner drivers become safer drivers

5 April, 2016Posted in: Events
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Learner Drivers in front of car

Teaching a young person to drive can be a daunting task, but a number of upcoming free Council workshops and hands-on driving events these school holidays may help parents of learner drivers prepare their teenagers for safer driving experiences.

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Melanie Lausz, said parents and supervisors of novice drivers have a crucial role to play in contributing to help make our roads safer.

“Introducing your learner to as much driving time as possible ‘in real driving situations’ is imperative to any young driver in improving their confidence, driving skills and knowledge,” Ms Lausz said.  “But so too is varying the different conditions they may encounter and ensuring they’re equipped with as much on road experience in preparation for solo driving.”

“Council will subsequently be holding a free two-hour Graduated Licensing Scheme (GLS) Parent Workshop on the evening of Tuesday 12 April and a Logbook Run on Sunday 17 April,” Ms Lausz said.

Free GLS Parent Workshop – Tuesday 12 April, 6pm in Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre

The GLS Workshop provides practical advice on supervision, completing the Log Book and licence conditions.

Participants also learn the importance of teaching ‘low risk driving’ techniques and the role of parents in establishing parameters and support for provisional licence holders. Learner drivers are also encouraged to attend.

Free Learner Log Book Run – Sunday 17 April, 10am Moss Vale

“The Learner Log Book Run is a great opportunity for learner drivers and their supervisor to cover some of the many topics included in the Learner Driver Log Book and clock up some valuable driving experience hours,” Ms Lausz said.

During the Log Book Run learner participants will also be given the opportunity to experience a Random Breath Test (RBT) conducted by the NSW Police.  On completion of the 90 minute drive the Police will also be holding a question and answer session.

Learners are required to have a minimum of 25 hours in their log book to participate.

Lunch will be included in the Log Book Run and bookings for both events are essential.

For further information contact Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer on phone 4868 0809.

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s free GLS Parent Workshops and Learner Log Book Runs are supported by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).