The Road Ahead : February March 2015
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 69 NEW DRIVERS | MOTORING FEB/MAR 2015 THE ROAD AHEAD Taking to the road LEARNER DRIVERS Beyond the minimum 100 hours in their logbook, learner drivers need experience in the following before booking their driving test: • Negotiating complex roundabouts. This will give you confidence entering and exiting two lane, square and oval multilane roundabouts; • Sharing the road with large trucks and buses. Both can be daunting and startle the inexperienced and unsuspecting young driver; • Driving at night with friends in the car. You will do this when you are by yourself, so it is better to practise this with an experienced driver now; • Before going for your driving test, have an experienced driver ride along as a quiet observer for last-minute guidance. PARENTS Parents should start a dialogue around safe road use with their children prior to them driving independently, including: • Setting up a ‘get out of jail free card' for those unexpected situations. For whatever reason, if the young driver thinks they should not be driving (or they should not be a passenger of a young driver), they can ring someone trustworthy to collect them and bring them home safely; • Planning ahead and assessing the risk of driving alone. Have alternative arrangements to driving if it becomes unsafe to do so. It may be better to catch a taxi or sleep over rather than drive if there is a risk to safety, so have contingency plans in place; • The option of sharing your car when your young driver initially becomes a P-plater. Your car is more likely to feature higher levels of crash protection than that on any car your young driver can initially afford; • Restrict their driving under risky conditions until they gain more experience on their own. The first month is the riskiest for new P-platers, so plan ahead to help them avoid potentially dangerous situations such as driving at night with friends. FREE2GO TEAM READY TO ROLL ACQ'S FREE2GO TEAM has a busy year ahead, travelling o schools throughout Queensland providing advice year 11 and 12 students on getting their licence, eparing for learner's tests, car ownership, and planning or breakdown scenarios. The free2go fleet will be seen throughout the state ferrying team members Todd, Mike, Jess, Sam, and Geoff from school to school, and thanks to the recent arrival of their third car, the team hopes to reach more students this year. Look out for the trio of cars heading to Queensland University of Technology's Caboolture campus on February 18, providing critical driving and car ownership information to young drivers. Free2go presentations are a great way for students to learn how to gain their licence and take to the road safely. If your children's school does not receive a free2go presentation, chat to teaching staff and have them ring our friendly team on 1800 150 519 to book for 2015. Free2go is RACQ's youth program designed for all 16-to-19-year-old Queenslanders, offering students completing years 11 and 12 a year's free roadside assistance, with the following two years at half price. Free2go membership also entitles young drivers access to: • Retail discounts; • Competitions; • Discounted pre-purchased tickets to selected theme parks; • Discounted RACQ vehicle inspections; • Free L and P plates; • Exclusive free2go movie nights with free popcorn and a drink; • RACQ Learn2go mobile app – the only logbook app officially recognised by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. free2go.com.au Learn2go.com.au P-PLATER CHECKLIST USEFUL TIPS FROM SUNSHINE COAST ACCIDENT RESEARCH (USCAR) FELLOW DR BRIDIE SCOTT-PARKER. INFORMATION, NEWS AND OFFERS FOR NEW DRIVERS AND THEIR SUPERVISORS.
April 1st 2015