Driver safety training part of fun

CQ MotorMania isn’t all about seeing who can go the quickest and the loudest.

It also includes instruction on how to drive safely, so for those who are interested in learning about the finer points of driving, the Benaraby Drag Strip is the place to be the next few days.

The driver safety training program, today and tomorrow, is being conducted as part of the biggest motorsport extravaganza seen in the region.

As a defensive driving course, the program targets the Real Fatal 4 factors in novice driver crashes – overconfidence, inexperience, risk-taking, and peer influence – and gives valuable instructions on these important aspects of driving, as well as awareness about road safety.

The safe drive test drive involves a day-long driver education course. Drivers will be given lectures, shown demonstrations and presentations and will partake in in-car driving experiences, all taken from research into young-driver accidents.

Participants learn safe driving techniques, and get the opportunity to drive different cars as part of the education process. The course is ideal not only for young drivers who think they can handle themselves behind the wheel, but also those about to get on the roads.


FOR those with petrol running through their veins, tomorrow night at Benaraby Raceway is the first of three nights at the venue guaranteed to get the blood pumping.

The burnout competition is the first event, with practice starting at 3pm. Drag racing will follow at 6pm, so get along if you enjoy smoke and a little bit of fire. With four categories – fours, sixes, eights, and modified eights – it will be a great night’s entertainment.

The portable Dyno will also be on track for a shootout, and a battle of the car stereos will be held by Autobarn.

On Friday night there will be an off-street meet, and for $50 drivers can set their metal beasts against others with a similar taste for drag racing. If cars are fit for the street, they are fit for the street meet. Drivers need to bring long pants and a helmet. Scrutineering begins at 5pm and racing is from 6pm-10pm. There is full catering available.

Rounding out the three days’ action is the Championship Round 4 on Saturday, with gates opening at 10am. Scrutineering starts at 11am and qualifying sessions are from 1pm-5pm. Racing is from 6pm-10pm.

Admission for adults is $20, 13-16 years $15, and under-13s are free. A family pass for $50 is also available.

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