The Road Ahead : August September 2007
FEATURES AUG/SEP 07 17 STORY BELINDA PETERS New learner drivers are now hitting the road in pursuit of their 100 hours of super vised driving, following the changes to young driver licensing laws on July 1. Coming along for the ride are their super visors, often parents, who play an integral role in helping them achieve and record their 100 hours. It may at first seem like an onerous task, but it's comfor ting to know that keeping track of these drives is easy with RACQ's online logbook, which is now Queensland Government approved. The online logbook is par t of the RACQ's learn2go suite of resources tailored to help make meeting the demands of the new laws easy, convenient and even fun. How it works Learner drivers and their super visors can log into www. learn2go.com.au to create their own free logbook account. Once registered, learners can star t adding drive entries, including the details of the super visor who accompanied them on the drive. The entr y then appears in both the learner and the super visor's logbook -- provided they are both registered -- awaiting approval by the super visor. This entr y remains unapproved until the super visor logs into their account and approves the drive entered by their learner. All approved drives accumulate towards the 100 logbook hours. Once the 100 hours are complete, the online logbook can be printed and lodged through Australia Post. Online logbook benefits RACQ president Julie-Anne Schafer said a major benefit of the online logbook was that it's government endorsed and a par t of the integrated learn2go program, offering driving advice and resources at the click of a mouse. "Our online logbook is officially recognised by the government as a means of recording and verifying the 100 super vised driving hours that all learners under 25 must now achieve before under taking a licence test," Ms Schafer said. "But, apar t from the convenience and security offered by the electronic logbook, learn2go aims to help learners and super visors gain the greatest possible value from the time they spend together on the road through a number of other driver education resources and incentives." These resources include a series of practical skill video clips, covering ever ything from basics such as driver preparation and steering techniques, through to more advanced skills such as merging and changing lanes, hill star ts and reverse parking. Another key resource is a searchable database of learner drives, based on the RACQ's online trip planner. Using the learner drives facility, learners and their super visors can select from more that 100 pre-determined drives throughout Queensland and then log them in their logbook on completion. By adding or approving a drive in their logbook, learners and super visors will automatically go into a draw to win one of 10 monthly prizes of either a driving lesson or a $50 fuel voucher. In addition, there is a grand prize of a new Suzuki Swift Z up for grabs. You enter by viewing any of the practical skills videos on the website. Log your claim RACQ's online learner driver logbook is official. RACQ CAN HELP LEARNER DRIVERS If you need any technical assistance with the learn2go site, call the Learner Licence Help Line on 1800 680 015. This help line can also provide answers to basic questions about the licensing changes. In line with the change of lowering the minimum learner age to 16, RACQ has also lowered the joining age for its free youth membership program free2go. The program now offers all Queensland students in years 11 and 12, and 16 and 17 year olds, free RACQ membership. Half-price membership is also offered to 17 and 18 years olds. For details visit www.free2go.com.au.
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