Learners Get The keys2drive In Tasmanian Pilot
Tasmania is to pilot an innovative national learner driver program in the New Year.
keys2drive – a new program funded by the Federal Government and developed by the Australian Automobile Association and motoring clubs including the RACT – provides important learning and training for novice drivers, and importantly their supervising driver, under the guidance of a professional driving instructor.
The keys2drive program will be trialled in Tasmania from February to April next year, with a national roll out once the results of the pilot have been collated and assessed.
The program allows learner drivers to register on the innovative keys2drive website which comprises a range of information, education and driver training games, and to register for a free lesson with the supervising driver.
AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said the program is designed to help improve the safety of learners by providing increased training for them and also to provide some “hands on” training for the supervising driver, which in many cases is a parent.
“Learner drivers are the safest on the road, but the moment they get their P Plates and are no longer supervised – when they begin to drive solo – their risk jumps dramatically to the most high-risk of drivers,” Mr Harris said.
“AAA and the motoring clubs believe that getting better on-road training and experience is an extremely important factor in reducing that risk associated with solo driving.
“That is what keys2drive aims to do by fostering the relationship between the learner and their supervising driver, under the guidance of a professional instructor and through a free lesson paid for by the Federal Government.”
The Tasmanian trial is looking to recruit learners, their supervisors and instructors to assess the program. Interested parties, including the driving instructors, can pre-register for the pilot on the temporary keys2drive website at www.keys2drive.info.
“This pilot is very important in terms of learning for all parties and Tasmania has played a large role in its development through the RACT and Tasmanian company Driver Safety Services,” Mr Harris said.
“We look forward to seeing the pilot program get underway in early next year and will apply the results from the trial to the national roll out from mid-2009. We encourage interested drivers, supervisors and instructors to log on to the website and register.”