Since 2008, the Commonwealth Government has been providing a free lesson to all Australian learners that have not previously held a licence before.
The program which is called Keys2drive is still available for learner drivers and is easy to register for at www.keys2drive.com.au.
The program has a requirement that a supervising driver attends the lesson, and sits in the back seat to observe the coaching method of the instructor.
A new driver's risk of being harmed in a crash increases around 20 to 30 times from the moment they get their P’s and start driving on their own. While on their L’s, on the other hand, they are in the safest category of road users; L platers are harmed less than any other group.
In the time it takes to sit and pass a provisional licence test – less than an hour - learner drivers move from being statistically the safest drivers on the road to the most at risk.
The issue and main reasons for this dramatic rise in risk are that while learning, they are guided and protected from harm by their supervisors and instructors. In the process, they are often protected from experiencing the responsibilities that come with choice.
After they are licenced, learner drivers face a range of situations they’ve never experienced. Suddenly, they’re alone, with little training in how to adapt to new difficulties.
The free lesson goes for 60 minutes, during which the keys2drive accredited driving instructor will explain the keys2drive learning approach - 'Find Your Own Way' – and offer examples of how it can be used when learning to drive. The remaining lesson time includes a practical demonstration of these skills being used and taught whilst the learner drives.
The keys2drive free lesson is not intended to replace normal driving lessons; rather, it should complement them by empowering learner drivers to ‘Find Their Own Way’ to becoming safer drivers.
Learner drivers will receive training in the best ways to practice, helping them gain the confidence they need to prepare for safe P plate driving and beyond.
Parents/supervisors will come away with tools to help their learner drivers achieve a good foundation for lifelong safe driving.
What’s the catch?
There isn’t one. Keys2drive is a government-funded program designed specifically to help new drivers avoid harm in their first six months on P's by preparing them for the realities of P plate driving. The free lesson is one of the central initiatives of keys2drive.
All you need to do is book and attend your free lesson to receive the tools to help you drive safely for life!
For more information see www.keys2drive.com.au to register or www.highlandsdrivesafe.com for information.