Over the next couple of weeks we will see school leavers participating in schoolies week and university students enjoying well-deserved holidays, meaning there will be many young and inexperienced drivers on our roads.
Sadly, there have been far too many serious incidents on our roads involving young drivers.
It is crucial that at this busy time of year we all drive with extra caution, but parents and other family members can also help to make sure their teenager is fully aware of the dangers on our roads.
In fact Slater and Gordon conducted independent research this year that showed 70 per cent of Australians had had a serious conversation about driving safety with a learner or probationary driver.
This is obviously a good thing.
There’s no doubt that Aussie families take road safety very seriously, and are having conversations with new drivers about the risks they need to take, particularly when there are more people on the roads around the holiday season.
On top of the list of topics that respondents said they discussed were drink and drugged driving and using a mobile phone. They also spoke about the dangers of speeding or hooning, getting in a car with a drunk or drugged driver and how they could plan alternative ways to get home. This is pleasing to see and important discussions to have had.
We can all benefit by making sure we wear a seatbelt, turn off our phones, avoid alcohol and drugs, and get some rest. These simple steps alone can reduce the chance of a serious incident.
Sadly, too many families are devastated by car accidents, so if there are families with new drivers, don’t be afraid to have the serious road safety conversation before they get behind the wheel.