Supporting young drivers
Younger drivers face many challenges when learning the complex task of driving a vehicle. But because of their inexperience, younger drivers also face a higher risk of danger. Despite making up only about 15 per cent of all drivers, younger drivers represent more than a third of annual road fatalities.
A 17 year old driver with a P1 licence is four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a driver over 26 years. Driving at night (after 10pm) and carrying passengers also increases the crash risk significantly. The biggest killer of young drivers is speeding and around 80 percent of young speed fatalities are male.
The graduated licensing scheme was created to give novice drivers the opportunity to safely build experience on the road and improve their driving skills as they move from a learner to a full licence. The scheme runs over a minimum period of four years. The Roads & Maritime Services provide extensive information on licensing. They also provide information and tips for supervising drivers.
Check out GEARED to find out everything you need to know about getting and keeping your licence.
What we are doing
We are working in conjunction with the RMS, Shellharbour and Wollongong Councils and are offering several different programs which are aimed at helping make learner drivers become safer drivers.
- The Graduated Licensing Scheme Parent Workshops have been developed to support and better prepare parents and supervising drivers for the role they play in helping make learner drivers safer drivers. The course covers topics such as how to plan on road driving sessions, how to use the Learner Driver Log Book and the importance of giving the learner constructive feedback. The next workshop is on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 6pm. Bookings are essential.
- The Learner Log Book Run provides young drivers and their supervisors the opportunity to participate in a planned drive which follows a route that includes a range of driving experiences. Young people will experience a Random Breath Test (RBT) with police in a non threatening environment. Speeds are monitored with Speed Check Equipment and a Driver Reviver site is set up to address how to deal with fatigue. The next log book run is on Sunday 26 March 2017 at 10am. Bookings are essential.
- The Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) initiative was developed by Rotary in conjunction with the RMS and the NSW Government and is supported by local councils. It is designed to specifically address the issues of speed, fatigue, alcohol and the wearing of seat belts. The program also addresses the issues of risk taking behaviour and peer pressure.
If you would like further information on youth road safety or to book a workshop, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on 02 4232 0444.