Aimee Burns and her mother Colleen welcome a Federal Government-funded program, Keys2Drive, which gives learner drivers extra instruction.
Aimee Burns and her mother Colleen welcome a Federal Government-funded program, Keys2Drive, which gives learner drivers extra instruction. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Learners happy to get more tuition

A GLADSTONE learner driver believes a program offering free professional driving lessons could help reduce the road toll.

The Federal Government is funding a program which will offer 200,000 free driving lessons to learner drivers.

Colleen Burns has breathed a sigh of relief at the plan. Her 17-year-old daughter, Aimee, who is on her learner's licence, is very likely to take up the free professional lessons.

Gladstone learner drivers will be able to take these driving lessons though the local Keys2drive program run with Learn Right Driving School.

The Federal Government has arranged for the driving lessons to be given Australia-wide and hopes they will help reduce the road toll among young drivers.

“I think I will use this program,” Aimee said.

“It's a good idea. It might help lower the amount of accidents that L-platers are involved in.”

She has now logged 25 hours of driving, and by doing the lessons, means to clock up more, but this time under the eye of a professional driving instructor.

Another learner driver, Leisa Williams, said her parents didn't mind her driving on the open road, but she hoped they would feel more at ease about her driving after the extra tuition.

Aimee said she hoped the lessons would include some tuition in the correct handling of a car while in traffic, as she believed this was a major concern for many learners.

Learn Right Driving School instructor Matt Lennon said he thought the program would make a huge difference to the attitudes of young motorists in the region when they were behind the wheel the wheel of a car.

For more information or book a lesson, visit www.keys2drive.com.au.



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