MEMBERS of the TeenSafe Committee met at the Blue Heron, Moruya, on Tuesday morning to talk about the year ahead. It was agreed a priority was to call for more volunteers to help new young drivers, and some not so young, gain experience and advice to make them safer on the road.
TeenSafe was formed about 25 years ago and has been using the Surfair Raceway, Moruya North Head, and cars, some of them donated, to teach new drivers understand how to understand motor cars and how they should be driven.
TeenSafe manager Gary Smith said that since the operation began about one-thousand young people, and some senior citizens, had been helped to gain or regain confidence in taking the wheel.
On one-day courses during school holidays…the next one in April…they are given hands-on advice on how to get to know their cars. “Some haven’t known how to open their car’s bonnet, how to check the oil and water, even how to use a squeegee to clean the windscreen,” Mr Smith said. Students are taught basics, such as how to sit in the driver’s seat and how to hold steering wheels…usually ten to two or nine to three.
High school students are given details at school about TeenSafe and the response has been very good. But the problem is to have enough volunteers to guide them. So, the call is out for mature age drivers to help possibly for only one day a year.