A new tool to help promote road safety is about to be released in Central Otago.
The Driver Training Log is a local initiative designed to encourage drivers to have their driving supervised by a more experienced driver.
“Statistics show that drivers who have very few supervised driving hours are at a much higher risk of crashing,” says Jo Robinson, Community Road Safety Advisor for Central Otago. “The more hours of supervised driving that a new driver can have, the safer they become behind the wheel of a car.”
Focus groups of inexperienced drivers, their coaches and representatives of the motor trade industry have worked together on this road safety project. The result is a log book that records the hours of supervised driving and the road conditions during that drive. After each 25 hours of supervision, the inexperienced driver can claim a “reward”. These rewards have been supplied by the local motor trade retailers and include donated goods, services and discounts.
The Driver Training Log will be available to all Central Otago residents on a Learners or Restricted drivers licence. Copies are available from all Central Otago District Council offices or by contacting Community Road Safety at the Council.