A driving program aimed at helping young Australians become better and safer drivers is celebrating an important milestone this week.
The keys2drive driver training program, run by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has now provided 150,000 free lessons to novice drivers across the country.
“This program makes young people better drivers and safer drivers,” said AAA executive director Andrew McKellar in a statement.
Keys2drive is a government funded program which provides lessons and resources for learner drivers, parents and supervisors, as well as for instructors.
The program has come a long way since celebrating 10,000 free lessons in January 2011 to this week’s achievement of 150,000 lessons provided.
“This is a terrific milestone and I congratulate all learners and instructors who have supported the program.”
Mr McKellar said that a free keys2drive lesson was different from other driving lessons because supervisors and parents also attend, allowing them to learn new ways to coach their learner drivers.
He also noted that the program was free of charge and open to learners from all walks of life, teaching them effective strategies for staying safe on the roads.
The keys2drive website includes many tips for learner drivers, such as advice for city driving and country driving, tactics for tricky situations, how to form good habits and more.
Learners are reminded that it can take years to reach the point where you can react instantly and in a correct fashion to sudden, serious errors the way that more experienced drivers can.
Young drivers are encouraged to keep their maximum speed slightly under the speed limit, to keep at least three seconds between themselves and the vehicle in front of them and to ease up on the accelerator when they can see brake lights ahead.
The need to teach safe driving skills to young leaners is a priority for authorities because these road users are overrepresented in road injury and death statistics.
According to NSW Transport, a 17 year old driver with a P1 licence is four times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than a driver over 35 years of age.
If you have been involved in a crash in NSW where you weren’t at fault or were only partly at fault, you may be entitled to car accident compensation for your injuries.
Personal injury lawyers can examine the circumstances of your injuries and advise you on whether then can help you gain compensation.