The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), Ballina Shire Council and Lismore Council will hold two free workshops for parents and supervisors of learner drivers.

Jodie Hewett from Ballina Shire Council said the two-hour Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers course offers parents and supervisors practical advice on how to provide effective driving practice.

“We recognise the important role parents and supervisors play,” she said.

“It’s not an easy task supervising a learner driver for at least 120 hours. They need to be alert at the same time as advising and supporting novice drivers.

“It’s a big job, so the RTA has developed this course to support and better prepare them for the role.

“The course covers topics such as how to use the Learner Driver Log Book, how to plan on-road driving sessions, dealing with difficult practice drives and the importance of giving the learner constructive feedback.

“It’s also a good opportunity to learn about current licence restrictions for novice drivers, which are vastly different from when we got our licences.

“People who have attended these courses found it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors.”

The first workshop will be held at the Goonellabah Sports Club on Thursday, 11 March, and the second at the Ballina RSL on Thursday, 27 May, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Bookings for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers courses are essential. For more information or to make a booking, phone the council’s Road Safety Officer on 6686 4444.