The Hodgman majority Liberal Government is committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads to zero by 2050.
Today, we launched the Quality Time campaign at the Jordan River Learning Federation, to encourage more young Tasmanians to take advantage of the valuable experience they gain through supervised driving while on their learner driver’s licence.
It was great to be joined by FIA Formula 3 driver Alex Peroni who was able to share his experience of the importance of learning the skills of safely handling a car.
Quality time behind the wheel when learning to drive helps our young drivers become safer on the road and saves young lives.
The sad fact is that provisional drivers in their first six months of driving solo are the most over represented in road crash statistics.
Driving is a complex skill and the more practice a learner gains, the safer they will be when they start driving solo. More driving experience early on means reduced risk of serious injury or fatality for new drivers.
Quality Time means More Practice in More Conditions, More Often.
Evidence shows that getting 80 to 120 hours of driving practice will significantly reduce a young driver’s crash risk when they first drive solo – More Practice.
Young drivers also need experience in a range of conditions including in different weather conditions, on different road surfaces and during different times of day and night – More Conditions.
To build their skills young drivers need more time practising in a range of driving environments, particularly urban and rural, where they learn how to handle different hazards, vehicles and travel speeds, and the more time they spend doing this the better drivers they will be – More Often.
Quality Time will air on TV, at the movies and online and can be viewed here: www.rsac.tas.gov.au