The shire’s Y Drive program shifted into gear, with the first group of volunteer mentors all revved up after receiving training this month.
Y Drive pairs up volunteer mentors with young learner drivers lacking access to a car or supervising driver, to accumulate the 120 hours of driving experience required to achieve their provisional licence (P-plates).
The first training day for mentors was run by YouthSafe, on Saturday, July 22.
Eurobodalla council’s Y Drive coordinator Angie McMillan said there was a lot of interest in the program.
“We’re really excited this project is driving ahead,” she said.
“We have a great bunch of mentors, the kids are keen and there has been such wonderful support in the community – everyone’s behind it and recognises the need for a program like this. It really has the potential to change young people’s lives for the better.”
Y Drive’s 15 learners will have lessons with a qualified driving instructor before being hooked up with a mentor to achieve the required hours.
Ms McMillan said the possibility of young people being involved in a road accident increased dramatically once they obtained their P1 licence.
“The Y Drive program aims to give the young learners as much experience as possible to prepare them for a lifetime of driving in a range of road and driving conditions,” she said.
“Council would like to thank the community-minded mentors who joined the program and we look forward to their valuable input.”
Applications for mentoring and more information from Angie McMillan on 4474 7456.
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