Parents go back to driver’s school
Faith Lutheran College year 11 student Sophie Wildman, 16, and her mum Gail Wildman, both of Victoria Point, are looking forward to learning more about road safety at the FLCR interactive seminar and driving instruction program for parents and students. Faith Lutheran College, Redlands will hold a driver education program for parents in an attempt to help reduce the number of young lives lost in traffic crashes.
The program, which focuses on equipping parents with the skills they need to best help their child behind the wheel, is open to the college and wider community.
In a series of information and interactive seminars to be held throughout September, parents will return to the learner driver seat to highlight how many road rules had changed since they obtained their driver’s licence.
Program developer and FLCR director of development Catherine Williams said a number of parents had acknowledged they had not kept up with changing road rules and may be passing on bad driving habits to their children.
“It is not enough to teach our students about road safety. You need to also give parents the information they need so that, in turn, they’re putting better-educated young drivers on our roads,” she said.
College principal Anthony Mueller said school driving education programs that included parents played a vital role in helping to save lives.
“This is because they not only help to ensure the safety of young people as they make their way onto the road for the first time, but they ultimately produce better adult drivers as well, which is just as important,” he said.
Ms Williams said the school initiative had the support of The Queensland Police Service (QPS) and would align with the Australian Automobile Association’s Keys2Drive program, which was introduced nationally to reduce the crash risk for young people who had recently received their provisional licence.
The first road safety seminar will be held at the FLCR campus in Link Road, Victoria Point, from 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 11, with guest presenter Senior Sergeant Neale Stoneley from the QPS Wynnum District traffic branch.
A practical lesson, to be led by driving instructor Milton Kolas, will follow at the college’s campus in Beveridge Road, Thornlands on Saturday, September 22, from 9.00am, when parents and students can put what they learnt into action in the safety of the college grounds.
Bookings are essential for this workshop.
Both the seminar and workshop are free and open to the community.
For further information and bookings phone 3820 5520.
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