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Free online workshops to help learners become safer drivers

ONLINE: Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor hopes the online delivery will make it more easily accessible for participants to attend. Photo: File
ONLINE: Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor hopes the online delivery will make it more easily accessible for participants to attend. Photo: File

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire councils will be hosting two online workshops that's full of practical advice and information about completing the 120 hours of supervised driving.

That's according to Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council's Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor.

The free 'Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers' workshops are for parents and other supervisors of learner drivers and are scheduled for Wednesday, August 19 from 6pm and Thursday, August 20 from 12.30pm.

Ms Suitor said while the usual face-to-face workshops weren't possible due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, she hopes the online delivery will make it more easily accessible for participants to attend.

"Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer," she said.

"That is why we have teamed up with Transport for NSW and the councils across the Western Region to hold these two free workshops via Zoom.

"Participants can attend from the safety and comfort of their own home."

The estimated running time of the workshops is about an hour and 15 minutes.

"The workshop covers the licencing system, how to use the Learner Driver Logbook - including the use of digital logbooks, licence conditions for learner and P-plate drivers, the benefits of on-road driving sessions, tips on supervising a learner driver and more," Ms Suitor said.

"Parents and supervisors who have attended this workshop in the past have found that it boosted their confidence, helped them better plan driving sessions and allowed them to share their experiences with other parents and supervisors."

Bookings are essential and can be made online via Eventbrite (Wednesday and Thursday), through the three councils' Facebook pages or by calling Ms Suitor on (02) 6861 2364.