Mel Mayers from M&M; Driver Trainers has seen learner drivers terrorised.
Mel Mayers from M&M; Driver Trainers has seen learner drivers terrorised. Tom Huntley

Rude drivers bully learners

CUT off constantly.

Beeping.

Tailgating.

This is the reality leaner drivers face in Gladstone.

Driving instructor Mel Mayers, from M&M Driver Trainers, believes it's a big issue in the region.

'It's the other drivers when it comes to learners," she said.

"How would they feel if it was their son or daughter in the car?"

Mel taught her daughter to drive on the Gold Coast, where she lived before moving to Gladstone.

"It was so much easier than here," she said.

"Gladstone is a town full of different people.

"Their vision of the rules is totally different."

She recalls one instance with a boy who was having his third driving lesson.

"It was the first time he felt confident to tackle a roundabout," she said.

"This idiot tailgated him, came out in front, overtook him and slammed on the brakes.

"The poor boy started to cry and we had to swap seats.

"They forget their actions can affect the child behind the wheel."

Mel said drivers get so close sometimes that if the learner stalled, which they often do, the driver would rear end the car.



SCAM: Drought-hit farmers targeted by fake hunters

SCAM: Drought-hit farmers targeted by fake hunters

Police say farmers have enough to worry about with drought

Reports GPC chair Leo Zussino steps down after CCC complaint

Reports GPC chair Leo Zussino steps down after CCC complaint

A complaint was referred to Queensland's crime watchdog yesterday.

Best friends fight aggressive cancer with help of Gladstone

Best friends fight aggressive cancer with help of Gladstone

The three-year-old friends have spent half their lives fighting it.

Local Partners