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Free 'Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers' workshop on Wednesday

KEEN TO HIT THE ROAD: Parkes High School students Julia Dunn and Will Lamond are ready for next week's learner driver workshop. Photo: Submitted
KEEN TO HIT THE ROAD: Parkes High School students Julia Dunn and Will Lamond are ready for next week's learner driver workshop. Photo: Submitted

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils will be hosting another online workshop for parents and other supervisors of learner drivers

The free 'Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers' workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24 from 6pm and provides practical advice and information about completing the 120 hours of supervised driving.

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council's Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer, Melanie Suitor, said while the usual face-to-face workshops weren't possible due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, it is hoped the online delivery will make it more easily accessible for participants to attend.

"We have held three of these online workshops during the second half of 2020 and had a great response from across the region," Ms Suitor said.

"Parents and supervisors of learner drivers have a crucial role to play in making our roads safer. That is why we have teamed up with Transport for NSW and councils across the Western Region to hold another one of these workshops via Zoom."

Participants can attend from the safety and comfort of their own home. The estimated run time is about one 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.

"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," Ms Suitor said.

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