Students now drive defensive
COMPULSORY defensive driver training at Roadcraft Gympie has started this year for all Year 11 St Patrick’s College students.
Teacher Sarah Viner said driver training was offered to some students in the past but its popularity and value led to it being a part of the curriculum.
“We see the value in increasing students’ road awareness and skill levels in difficult driving conditions,” she said.
The second group of students to attend the two day course this year were at Roadcraft on Thursday.
Year 11 student Michael McCord said the course had changed the way he would drive.
“Safety is a real issue, if you want to stay alive you’ve got to know what you are doing,” the learner driver said.
Students learnt safe breaking distances and how to drive in wet conditions with other techniques for staying alive on the road.
Roadcraft manager Peter Leupold said the course was all about changing driver perceptions and attitudes.
He said the students learned how to behave as good passengers and scan the road for dangers.
Senior driving instructor Barry Brunjes said kids these days were no different to 10 years ago in terms of skills on the road.
“The cars are different, but the people are the same,” he said.
Ms Viner said she hoped the students would get a better sense of their fallibility and it was good for them to see their friends’ driving and their own driving wasn’t as good as they thought.