Helping train better drivers for safer Sydney roads

Helping train better drivers for safer Sydney roads

Parents facing the daunting challenge of teaching kids to drive will get a chance to pick up some ‘good habits’ and sharpen their teaching skills in a free City of Sydney workshop this month.

The two-hour ‘Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’ workshop on 30 July is being organised in partnership with NSW Roads and Maritime Services, and offers supervisors practical advice on how to provide the most effective driving practice for learners.

“Giving new young drivers the practical skills to handle Sydney’s busy roads with confidence and with awareness of other road users is important for keeping our roads safe,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Many of those skills are being taught by parents or relatives, so it’s important they know the best advice to give on things like the distance between you and the car in front, appropriate speeds for different road conditions and pedestrian crossings.

“Every parent worries they will pass on bad habits they’ve picked up themselves.”

Research shows that good supervision early after a new driver gets behind the wheel, after passing their test, is critical in reducing the chance of accidents.

Supervisors of new drivers also become mentors and role models, so it is important they are familiar with the road rules and can communicate them properly.

“These workshops are a great way for parents and supervisors to boost their confidence, help them plan better driving sessions and allow them to share their experiences,” the Lord Mayor said.

Workshop:Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers’

When: Tuesday 30 July 2013, 6pm–8pm

Where: Level 2 Meeting Room, Customs House – 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

The workshop is free but bookings are essential. Contact the City of Sydney on 02 9265 9333.

For more information, contact City of SydneySenior Media Adviser Rohan Sullivan, phone 02 9246 7298 or 0414 617 086, or email rsullivan@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson 0427 044 768 or mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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