Young drivers keen to practice their skills behind the wheel and tap into the knowledge of driving experts can sign up for a free workshop in Tauranga this month.
Travel Safe has been offering free young driver workshops in the city for two years, and coordinator Roslyn Frost says they are well-received in the community by young people and their parents.
“While there are defensive driving courses available in the city, these sessions are great for students to learn other things they need to know about their vehicles, such as how to change a tyre,” says Roslyn.
The workshop includes three 45-minute sessions of practical experience and information, including a driver instructor lesson, a practical session on safe and acceptable vehicles with a NZTA certification officer, and a discussion on driving laws and insurance options.
Roslyn says the driving instructor lesson is centred on the individual driver's needs, while the session on safe vehicles looks at things such as the importance of good tyre pressure.
“Sometimes as parents or caregivers we forget to tell young people about these things,” says Roslyn.
“We also cover the importance of having insurance and what to do in a crash.”
The workshop is open to young people aged 16-24 years with a current learner licence. Participants will need a parent/mentor to attend with them and a vehicle with current warrant of fitness and registration.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at the Coastguard Building at Sulphur Point from 9.30am-12.30pm. A second workshop will be held later in the year.
Limited spaces are available and registration closes on Tuesday, April 10. To register, or for more information, phone: 027 551 4843 or email: email@example.com