The Emerson School and Driving Zone first partnered up in 2015 and now again in 2016 to provide a Student Driver Ed Program in Terms 2 & 3 for its students. It has been very successful so far, with most students finding it is very beneficial and informative. All the students attending the classes are pre learner permit holders being trained to get their L’s.
The classes involve theory and practical elements. The theory section concentrates on getting the learner permit candidates ready to attempt the VicRoads learner permit test. The training syllabus largely covers the Road to Solo Driving learner permit handbook. The four sections covered are:
-The challenges of driving
-Learning to drive
-Rules and responsibilities
Students also interact with road law questionnaires and diagrams they must complete during class.
The practical parts are attempting the learner permit test on computers under the instructors supervision and a training day with instructors and dual control vehicles in a closed private area usually somewhere within or nearby the school.
Here is some pictures of our trainers and the Emerson school students on the 2015 program:
Here are some pictures of Alex teaching the Road to Solo section of the course in class:
Driving Zone also conducts more advanced driver education programs which cover in more detail safe driving skills using visual aids such as power point slides with important defensive driving information and related videos highlighting pre-drive and on road driving elements which young drivers must be aware of for the overall development of safe driving and the achievement of zero harm during the dangerous period of P plate driving.
Here are some of the topics covered in this program:
- How to do a basic pre-drive vehicle inspection and what to look for: (P.O.W.D.E.R-petrol, oil, water, damage, electrics, rubber):
Petrol – do you have sufficient fuel to reach destination on time?
Oil – engine oil, transmission/clutch fluid, power steering oil, brake fluid
Water – radiator, battery levels, washer bottles, windscreen
Damage – checking for damage or defects around the car
Electrics – headlights, taillights, brake lights, indicators, hazard lights
Rubber – fan belt, hoses, wiper blade, mud flaps, tyres
- ABS braking videos showing how to achieve maximum control of the vehicle if ever needed.
- Braking distance videos and graphs.
- Controlling and turning vehicle safely in dry and wet weather (system of vehicle control).
- Basic road rules presented with digital graphics for easy and clear understanding.
- Driver Distractions
- Mobile phones and danger associated with using them while driving.
- Fatigue and how it can affect drivers.
- Crash Percentages and statistics for Probationary drivers.
Alcohol, Drugs, Medicine and Driving
Our program touches on other important issues such as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and its many dangerous effects on driving and the legalities linked to it. Videos and graphs including statistics of crashes etc. are shown to the students and are discussed afterwards.
Road to Solo Driving
This program also talks about students getting their learner permits and how to go about it, including the test criteria, how to study for the test, how to practice the test and legalities of holding the learner permit as road law states.
This driver ed program is for year 10 students, and does not require them to hold a learner permit. The theory part of it would be 90 min in class and the practical driving part of it would usually start in the morning and finish after lunch. The theory and practical drive are usually completed on two separate days.
Affordable group driver training for high school students
Driving Zone provides great high school class group driving courses for students who hold a learner permit. We can provide on road training in groups of 3 in an instructors car with dual controls for safety, rotating the drivers throughout the lessons. This can be more cost effective for families to get professional lessons for their kids and is also a great experience for young drivers to learn from each others mistakes under instructor’s supervision.
For more information about these great pre and post learner driver education programs for high school students please call (03) 9682 8288 and ask to speak to Alex or email to [email protected] and we will send out our information packs to you or even come to see you in person at your school.