The Road Ahead : June July 2007
10 JUN/JLY 07 Team approach RACQ can help learner drivers and their supervisors with a range of services. FEATURES STORY BELINDA PETERS One of the biggest changes -- and challenges -- introduced by the Queensland Government's new young driver licensing laws, is the need for learners to complete a minimum 100 hours of on-road super vised driving. RACQ is committed to equipping learner drivers and their super visors with the knowledge and tools to help young Queenslanders become safe and informed motorists. From July 1, RACQ will have a new online presence devoted to this task, accessed through the websites free2go.com.au and superlogbook.com.au. According to RACQ's president, Julie-Anne Schafer, the websites will be a constant source of information, practical tools and incentives to keep learners and super visors motivated. "Our aim is to make the process of gaining 100 hours of driving experience as productive, stress-free and enjoyable as possible," Ms Schafer said. "At the core of the websites is an online logbook that can be used in conjunction with Queensland Transpor t's official hardcopy Learner Logbook, which must be completed by all learner drivers under 25. "The online logbook is a great way to keep track of acquired driving skills and as a back-up in case the official logbook is misplaced." Linked to the online logbook is a searchable database of drives called 'Learner Drives', a spin-off from RACQ's popular Trip Planner. Ms Schafer said that 'Learner Drives' provided drives of var ying lengths, from 15 minutes through to two hours, which had been tested by RACQ representatives. "Super visors and learners can search for drives of a cer tain length that cover different skills and conditions. Each drive will include skill tips relevant to the drive's conditions," she said. The websites will also feature shor t videos on driving skills evaluated in the practical driving test, each with a checklist that can be printed out and used during the driving lesson. Here are some more RACQ initiatives developed to coincide with the new driver licensing laws: Handbooks RACQ road safety exper ts have helped to create handbooks and a DVD for learners, provisional licence holders and super visors, which will be distributed through Queensland Transpor t. Learner help line RACQ has set up a 24-hour help line (1800 680 015) for learners, provisional licence holders and super visors, for logbook queries and licensing law specifics. Insurance excess waiver To fur ther encourage the provision of super vised driving experience for learner drivers, from July 1, RACQ Insurance will waive the applicable age and licence excess for learner licence holders. The age and licence excess will be waived when the insured vehicle is being driven by a learner licence holder who is adequately super vised and not driving a restricted vehicle. This benefit will automatically be available for all current and new RACQ motor vehicle policyholders (unless the insured vehicle is restricted) at no additional cost. It will not be necessar y to list the learner driver on the policy for the benefit to apply. Also refer to RACQI's product disclosure statement. L and P plate packs Free twin-packs of L and P plates, as well as valuable information on RACQ's range of ser vices, will be available at RACQ branches. Driver education RACQ's Driver Education Program gives parents the chance to refresh their driving skills and road rule knowledge so they can pass on the correct information to their learner. For options and pricing, call 3361 2382 or 1800 680 039. Recommended driving schools Looking for a driving instructor? RACQ's statewide network of recommended driving schools helps novice drivers take the right steps towards establishing correct driving skills. RACQ is encouraging driving schools to invite a parent or other super visor along for the first lesson to help establish a consistent 'team' approach, so the learner can become a competent, safe driver. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3361 2382 or 1800 680 039.
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