KNOW THE RULES: Aimee Burns with her mother, Colleen, welcome a Federal Government-funded program, Keys2Drive, which will see learner drivers get free hours with professional instructors.
KNOW THE RULES: Aimee Burns with her mother, Colleen, welcome a Federal Government-funded program, Keys2Drive, which will see learner drivers get free hours with professional instructors.

Know the road rules

IT IS meant to make young drivers competent on our roads but it seems just over half of learner driver supervisors read the Road and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Learners’ kit.

An NRMA Safer Driving School survey also found that only 37 per cent read the road rules before supervising a learner and 51 per cent thought their experience teaching a learner driver could have been better.

Although supervised learner drivers are some of the safest on the road, once they graduate to their provisional licence they are around four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than an older driver.

NRMA Group CEO Tony Stuart stressed that preparation by supervisors was vital.

“Learner drivers need to be taught properly from the start,” Mr Stuart said.

“Otherwise they may develop bad habits.”

The Safer Driving School is providing learner drivers and supervisors with a free ‘keys2drive’ session to provide additional education and information.

The ‘keys2drive’ is a Federal Government initiative supported by motoring associations across the country. It is designed to prepare learners for the realities of P-plate driving.

“A free keys2drive lesson provides supervisors with a practical coaching approach they can use with their learner and focuses on teaching young drivers to reflect on what they are doing behind the wheel,” Mr Stuart said.

Accredited keys2drive Instructor Phil Hannaford conducts the lessons between Coffs Harbour and Kempsey.

“Customers have been very pleased by the lessons,” Mr Hannaford said.

“The idea is to try out P-plate level driving while still on your L’s. If something goes wrong, we encourage the learner and supervisor to reflect on what went wrong and how they can fix it,” he said

Mr Hannaford has been disappointed how few people in Coffs Harbour are taking up the lessons.

“I think it’s because there’s been little advertising in the region,” he said.



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