Students from the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College had the opportunity to learn about driving safely in a motor vehicle last week.
Chief instructor Geoff Fickling and training manager Jennie Hill took the students through theory and practical exercises to make them aware of the capabilities of a motor vehicle. The training is not advanced driver training, but more directed at preparing a students in understanding on the safe use of a motor vehicle.
The company ‘Motorvation’ runs the program and brings their own vehicle to use for the training. The vehicle is fitted with a brake handle for the instructor to use in the case of a student who fails to stop.
Motorvation is a unique method of changing young driver attitudes and behaviour. It’s driver training in the normal sense, but more driver behavioural change. We work with groups of young drivers aged 15 to 20 years to decrease risk-taking and collision risk. Flexible training modules include the Motorvation bus with inbuilt motion simulators, groundbreaking on-line programs, entertaining discussion sessions, and time spent driving real cars.
The Dimboola branch of the Bendigo Bank were supporters of the program and Peter Hughes and Kate Clark met with the students who completed the course and presented them with a certificate of achievement.
Mr Hughes told the students that he was a police officer for 27 years, 23 years of which he was in Dimboola and over that time he had seen many disturbing things.
“The worst part of the job was attending a road crash involving local kids. Something I did on many occasions,” said Mr Hughes.
“Young drivers are full of testosterone and love to use their vehicles to burn it off. I suggest you do that out in the paddock at the farm, before you hit the roads,” he said.
“Just remember the roads are not the place,” he said.