LEARN RIGHT: Biloela-based driving instructor Sue Macklyn.
LEARN RIGHT: Biloela-based driving instructor Sue Macklyn. Elite Driving Education

Tips for teaching safe road skills to learner drivers

BILOELA driving instructor Sue Macklyn says most drivers think they are good drivers.

Yet, as experience shows, there are definitely bad drivers on the road.

That's why she believes a Department of Transport and Main Roads Planning for Success workshop in Gayndah on Monday, May 27, is such a good idea.

"It should be rolled out everywhere," she said.

The free workshop aims to build the skills needed to teach learner drivers positive habits from the beginning of their time behind the wheel and is tailored for areas like the North Burnett where driving instructors are few and far between.

Mrs Macklyn from Elite Driving Education, which services Monto, Gayndah, Mundubbera and Eidsvold, is one of those few.

She said when she starts out with a beginner, she drives them to a quiet area where there is minimal traffic.

There, she takes them through the cabin controls, basic road rules and the clutch if the vehicle's a manual.

"I always ask them at intersections 'what's the road rule for us?' " Mrs Macklyn said.

Another question is: What would a safe driver do here?

Mrs Macklyn said a common error parents made was not stressing the importance of shoulder checks and allowing their children to "clutch coast".

The workshop will be held at Gayndah Aerodrome from 7-9pm on May 27.

Phone Craig Whittaker on 54820332 or 0428340464 to book.


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