TWIN 17-year-olds and a looming 240 hours of learner driver training, were great reasons for Jennie Kempson to send her daughters to a new safer drivers’ course.
The Roads and Maritime Services approved five-hour course slashes 20 hours off a learner driver’s compulsory 120 hours of log book supervised driving training.
Mrs Kempson said her daughters Meaghan and Louise “loved” the safer drivers’ course they have recently completed.
For Mrs Kempson the possibility of 40 hours less tuition was just as tempting as the safety aspects for her daughters.
“We know a few families that have been affected by a few fatalities so safety was very important,” she said.
While driver training did start in the family car with the girls’ parents, the option to slash 40 hours off the total was appealing.
“I was not willing to fudge it, I was always rounding it down rather than up, I’d never forgive myself if something happened,” Mrs Kempson said.
Meaghan and Louise said they will adopt the practical skills they learnt during the course.
“I thought it was going to be a driving lesson but it was more teaching us practical things,” Meaghan said.
“We learnt which factors influence your driving and how your moods can affect your driving,” Louise said.
The PCYC is an approved provider to run the course in Orange with 21 young drivers already haven taken part since training began in September.
Panorama Road Safety proprietor Matthew Irvine runs the Orange courses and said the benefits of the course are to the learner driver and the parent or carer instructing them.
“It gives them strategies about how to stay safe on the road, particularly in their first six months on the road as a P-plater.”
To find out more call Orange PCYC on 6360 2249.