Young drivers failing driving test in droves: RACQ
One third of Queensland’s young prospective drivers had failed their licence test, according to new data obtained by the State’s peak motoring body.
Department of Transport and Main Roads figures, released by RACQ, revealed in the first half of 2018 to 30 June, 11,085 young drivers had failed their provisional driving test.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said it was clear more needed to be done to prepare learners and their parents ahead of the test.
“Getting your licence is an exciting prospect for many young Queenslanders, so while it’s disappointing for the learner when they don’t pass the driving test, it’s really a sign they’re not yet ready to hit the road on their P plates,” Ms Hunter said.
“Driving a car is a huge responsibility, so we’re big supporters of parents who put the hours needed into teaching their kids how to drive – but sometimes they need extra support to ensure their child’s in the best place possible to safety handle a vehicle on the road.”
Ms Hunter said the Keys2drive program, which was funded by the Federal Government, offered each Australian learner driver one free driving lesson to ensure they, and their parents, had the best start to quality road safety and driving education.
“In some cases, the parent teaching the learner driver is a bit out of practice and hasn’t done a road rules refresher in a while – that’s why this program is so important. We need to ensure our young drivers are well-prepped before they get behind the wheel,” she said.
“Keys2drive is an important tool in making our roads a safer place. The free driving lesson is an opportunity for the learner driver and parent/supervisor to learn together.”
Parents and learner drivers could find out more information and book a free driving lesson at https://www.keys2drive.com.au/.