Congratulations to some of our Cire Community School students who recently gained their Learner Driver permits.
It was a 100% success rate with the 12 students who completed the three-day Changing Gears driver education program attaining their Ls at the Mooroolbark Licence Testing Centre. Cire Community School was able to deliver the program at an affordable cost to students thanks to a grant of $1000 from the Shire of Yarra Ranges.
The following feedback from students highlights the value of the program which is run by instructor Linda Jane from Changing Gears:
“I got my Learners permit and it’s all because of the Changing Gears program.”
“Thanks, Linda, for being such a great teacher and helping us pass our test.”
“Linda was so patient with everyone. Even though there was a lot of distractions, we all learnt about the Road Law and how to be safe, and we passed.”
Linda Jane said the following statistics were a testimony to how important driver education is for young people:
More than 350 young drivers aged 18-25 have lost their lives in Victoria in the past 10 years – representing one in four, or a quarter of the road fatalities in the State over the decade. In 2016, 19% of drivers who lost their lives were aged between 18 and 25 years with this age group only representing about 10% of Victorian licence holders.
Of the 29 young drivers who lost their lives on our roads in 2016:
- 76% were male
- 55% were killed in regional Victoria (94% were killed on 100+ km roads)
- 69% were killed in single-vehicle crashes
- 63% were involved in crashes that occurred in high alcohol times
- 55 people die and 1,245 are seriously injured each year in crashes with drivers under 25.
Linda Jane said inexperience, lifestyle factors, risk-taking and using older, less safe cars made young people for more vulnerable to crashes and injury.
Subject to funding to ensure the program is affordable for students, Cire Community School tries to offer Changing Gears on an annual basis.
Linda Jane delivers the program in a fun and interactive way using learning activities such as:
- information that is explained so it makes sense and is easy to understand
- easy to use workbook
- lots of practice tests
- easy to remember methods
- student questions answered.
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