Helping learner drivers become safer drivers workshops by MidCoast Council

Free workshops for supervisors of learner drivers are 'teaching the teachers'.
Free workshops for supervisors of learner drivers are 'teaching the teachers'.

Working with supervising drivers to provide constructive lessons for learner drivers is the focus of three upcoming, free two-hour workshops in Taree, Forster and Gloucester.

Teaching a young person to drive may be one of the most important lessons a person will give.

To prepare for this important role, join a free workshop that will reduce the stress, for the supervisor and the learner, and make every lesson more effective.

From October 24, MidCoast Council will host three Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers workshops across the region. Attendees will leave armed with information, practical advice, and a structured approach to building the competency of their learner, along with confidence in teaching safe driving habits.

"These workshops have been really well received in the past and I'm pleased to be able to offer them for the second time this year," said council's Chris Dimarco.

Those attending will find it's much easier to navigate the requirements of the log book and provide effective lessons after they've picked up the skills in the workshop.

"Teaching someone to drive is such an important and serious responsibility and we need to support the teachers as much as we support the learner drivers," Mr Dimarco said.

The course has been developed by Roads and Maritime Services who recognise the important part parents and supervisors play in supporting inexperienced drivers.

Workshop content is designed to help supervisors prepare for the role by covering topics such as laws that apply to L and P licence holders, completing the Learner Driver log book, and the benefits of well supervised on-road driving experience.

All workshops will commence at 6pm and light refreshments will be provided. Dates and locations for the workshops are:

Gloucester, SES HQ office, 23 Tate Street - Thursday October 24;

Taree, Council administration building, Pulteney Street - Tuesday October 29;

Forster, Council administration building, Breese Parade - Thursday October 31.

Bookings are required and can be made by calling 7955 7372 or by visiting council's website www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety.

While the workshop is aimed at those teaching a learner driver, learners may benefit from some of the workshop content and are welcome to attend.