Helping learner drivers become safer drivers 2019

Published on 16 May 2019

Learner driver workshops

We all want our learner drivers to be safe drivers and making sure they have competent supervising drivers and constructive lessons is the focus of six upcoming free two hour workshops across the MidCoast.

Teaching a young person to drive may be one of the most important lessons you will give.

To prepare yourself for this important role, join a free workshop that will reduce the stress, for you and your learner, and make every lesson more effective.

From 30 May, MidCoast Council will host six 'Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers' workshops across the region. Attendees will leave armed with information, practical advice, and a structured approach to building the competency of their learner, along with confidence in teaching safe driving habits. 

The two-hour workshops will be held in Gloucester on Thursday 30 May, Wingham on Tuesday 4 June, Bulahdelah on Tuesday 11 June, Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest on Wednesday 12 June, Taree on Tuesday 18 June and Forster on Thursday 20 June.

“These workshops have been really well received in the past and I’m pleased to be able to offer them in six locations this year,” said MidCoast Council’s Road Safety Officer Chris Dimarco.

Those attending will find it's much easier to navigate the requirements of the log book and provide effective lessons after they’ve picked up the skills in the workshop.

“Teaching someone to drive is such an important and serious responsibility and we need to support the teachers as much as we support the learner drivers,” Chris added.

The course has been developed by Roads and Maritime Services who recognise the important part that parents and supervisors play in supporting inexperienced drivers.

Workshop content is designed to help supervisors prepare for the role by covering topics such as laws that apply to L and P licence holders, completing the Learner Driver log book, and the benefits of well supervised on-road driving experience. 

All workshops will commence at 6pm and light refreshments will be provided. Dates and locations for the six workshops are:

Gloucester, SES HQ office, 23 Tate Street – Thursday 30 May;

Wingham, Services Club, 28-38 Bent Street – Tuesday 4 June;

Bulahdelah, Bowling Club, 50 Jackson Street – Tuesday 11 June;

Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest, Golf Club, Wednesday 12 June;

Taree, Council administration building, Pulteney Street – Tuesday 18 June;

Forster, Council administration building, Breese Parade – Thursday 20 June.   

Bookings are required and can be made by calling (02) 7955 7372 or by visiting Council’s website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety.

While the workshop is aimed at those teaching a learner driver, learners may benefit from some of the workshop content.