Learning to drive and getting your licence is one of the keys to freedom for young people though it can lead to devastating consequences.
Despite a lot time and money spent on road safety campaigns in Australia, vehicle fatalities especially among young people, don’t seem to be abating.
So what’s wrong with the message or is it the training that’s the problem?
Melbourne driving instructor and owner of X Factor Driving School, Darren Smillie, says that our driver education system is broken and learner drivers aren’t being equipped with the proper information when learning to be at the helm of a car.
He says young people are misled into thinking they only need to pass one test and they’ll be right to driving safely and competently after that.
With many learners doing their practise and examinations in suburbia, one of his recommendations is for students to drive to and around the city.
“The city run is about getting drivers out into the city, but for most driving schools this is not covered.”
Smillie adds novices need to get accustomed to busy traffic and tricky manoeuvers like the famous Melbourne hook-turn.
“There’s challenging conditions with more pedestrians, trams and busy road conditions so the city run is an important part of everyday life.”
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