Learning to drive is both an exciting and challenging experience. There is a lot to take in when getting behind the wheel for the first few times, which is why young and novice drivers should make a concerted effort to exercise caution and be vigilant about following the road rules.
In an attempt to improve driver safety for young people, and minimise the risk of fatal car accidents, the Australian government last year introduced the $10 million P Drivers Project. This initiative celebrated its one year anniversary yesterday (October 18).
One of the aims of this project is to raise awareness about driver safety, as well as conduct research to ensure that legislation and policy is helping to prevent accidents.
Federal parliamentary secretary for infrastructure and transport Catherine King said that this initiative has attracted interest from many young P Plate drivers, but they are still looking for more people to register and join the program.
“The P Drivers Project aims to recruit 28,000 newly licensed drivers aged between 17-22 in Victoria and NSW, so we’re almost halfway there with over 13,000 in the last year, however we still need more people to register for the program,” Ms King said in a statement.
“It’s important that we do everything we can to keep our most vulnerable drivers safe on our roads,” she added.
One of the features of the program is safety training sessions, provided to those who register.
Joseph Meade from Carrum has attended some of these sessions, which he found to be really helpful.
“At the coaching session we watch videos about road safety and we talk about ways to be better drivers. We also practice new ways to think about how we drive so that we’re more aware on the road,” he said.
Victoria minister for roads Terry Mulder said that these types of initiatives are very important considering the high number of youth and P Plate driver fatalities.
“The P Drivers Project will gather information to help reduce the number of crashes and fatalities involving young, inexperienced drivers,” he added.
Victims of car accidents may be interested to know that they could be eligible for compensation. It may be worth speaking with a car accident lawyer to discuss your options. There is a law firm in Sydney which operates on a no win no fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay unless your case is successful.