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keys2drive Tasmanian Rollout Gathers Momentum

2.7.2009

An important new driver training program, currently rolling out in Tasmania, is providing supervising drivers with the chance to learn how to teach their learners to drive.

Drivers, supervising drivers and driving instructors are testing the new program – keys2drive – which allows access to an interactive website, information and education and a free driving lesson for both the Learner and their supervisor, often the Learner’s parent who may not have had such training themselves for many years.

AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said keys2drive will be implemented via a staged national rollout after results from the Tasmanian program are collated and analysed.

“By using new learning methods, keys2drive sets out to positively influence young drivers’ behaviour and their approach to solo driving.  keys2drive also aims to help supervising drivers be more effective in their driver training role,” Mr Harris said.

“Our statistics show that Learner drivers are the safest drivers on the road, but the moment they begin solo driving, their risk of crashing jumps dramatically.

“Young people aged 16 to 25 account for nearly one third of all road deaths – despite representing less than 15% of the population.  Further, 17 to 20 year olds are almost three times more likely to be killed in a serious crash than drivers aged 21 to 25 years – and more than 11 times more likely to be killed than drivers aged 40 to 44 years.

“AAA’s motoring clubs and the Federal Government believe keys2drive can provide the on-road tuition and learnings to better prepare them for their P-plates and solo driving.”

Mr Harris welcomed the Federal Government’s funding support and involvement in the keys2drive program.

“AAA promotes the internationally recognised safe systems approach to road safety – safer drivers in safer cars on safer roads,” Mr Harris said.

“The AAA clubs and the Government already work closely on the safer cars and safer roads components through AAA programs – the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP, which crash tests cars and awards a star rating for safety) and the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP, which undertakes a detailed analysis of the national highway network and star rates it for safety).

“Our partnership in keys2drive completes that safer systems trilogy in the interests of Australian motorists and their families.

For further information on the keys2drive program, visit www.keys2drive.com.au.

 

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