Parents urged to take up driving lessons

The State’s peak motoring body has urged supervisors of learners to brush up on their driving skills, after new research found parents became better teachers after taking a lesson with an accredited driving instructor.

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More than 220,000 Queensland learners and supervisors have participated in the RACQ sponsored Keys2Drive program over the last decade, which offered a free driving lesson with a professional.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the initiative was designed to improve the safety, skills and knowledge of both learner drivers and their supervisors.

“It may have been quite some time since some parents sat their own driving test and rules may have changes, so it’s the best way to ensure you are passing on safe driving habits to the next generation of motorists,” Ms Ritchie said.

“A survey of parents who took up the Keys2Drive opportunity found two-thirds actually incorporated information and techniques from the lesson into their own driving behaviour.”

Ms Ritchie said parents played a crucial role in their children becoming safe drivers.

“We know parents are the main supervisors for more than 90 percent of learner drivers and access to professional training can be cost prohibitive for some people,” she said.

“This program ensures everyone is getting the best advice and techniques for making safer Queensland drivers.”

To find out how to book your free lesson, visit www.keys2drive.com.au