Free ride for learners
LEARNER drivers and their trainers are being targeted in a new program in the Bundaberg region aimed at improving their safety.
Bargara Beach Driving School Instructor Alex Avery said the federal government-funded keys2drive program gave learner drivers one free lesson with an accredited instructor.
Mr Avery said he had been applying the program since mid-May and had probably delivered about 20 lessons so far.
“It's a very worthwhile program,” he said.
Mr Avery said the program adopted a “train the trainer” model, with the driving instructor helping the supervisor or parent guide the learner driver to use safe driving practices.
Face-to-face practical information and instruction teaches the parent or supervisor how they can most effectively help in the training of learner drivers.
“Keys2drive provides a different approach to learning to drive,” he said.
“A coaching method called ‘find your own way' encourages the learner to make their own decisions rather than always being told what to do.”
This coaching method encouraged the learner driver to ask questions, better recognise risky situations and find and fix mistakes.
Mr Avery said the technique helped a learner driver to become P-plate ready.
“It gets the student and the parent on the same page,” he said.
“There is lots of information I give the parent and they can find it on the website too.”
Learner drivers and their supervisors who book a keys2drive lesson with Mr Avery first get a 15 to 20-minute talk on the program.
He then takes them out for a drive.
Mr Avery said to book a lesson learner drivers should go to the website www.keys2drive.com.au and register for an identification number, then phone him.
keys2drive equips parents and supervisors with a practical coaching approach they can use throughout the learning-to-drive journey.
keys2drive helps learner drivers prepare for P-plate driving and beyond.