In 2010 about 44% of all ACT casualties occurred to people younger than 30 years of age. The single most vulnerable age group seems to be between 20 and 24 accounting for nearly 15% of all casualties.
There are various strategies in place to help improve the safety for this group.
The ACT Government provides a structured Licensing scheme and further supports this with the Road Ready course. Road Ready consists of a range of exercises to raise awareness of the complexities of safe driving, and prepares an aspiring driver for their Learner Licence. Road Ready details can be found here.
Provisional drivers are able to do the Road Ready Plus course, otherwise known as the 'P-off' course. This is available to new drivers and motorcycle riders once they have held their Provisional Licence for six months, and focuses on the road risks they have experienced during that time. Road Ready Plus details can be found here.
The ACT Government continues to develop and implement awareness campaigns to remind all drivers to respect the road rules, and ACT Policing to undertake enforcement to ensure all drivers, including novice drivers are driving to the conditions of their licences and the road rules.
There is a great deal that any novice driver can do to improve their driving and make it safer. The following tips are designed to help.
- Maximise your practice time as a Learner licence holder – extended supervised experience will help you become a safer driver.
- Fine tune your experience as a Provisional Licence holder, through doing a Road Ready Plus course. (Click here or call 02 6162 5152)
- Slow down – keep to the speed limit and slow further if the road conditions are poor
- Consider the consequences – its not always easy, but try to keep in mind that driving carries a great deal of risk if you don’t keep focused.
- Drive with as few passengers as possible – distractions increase your risk.
- Avoid driving at high risk periods such as late at night.
- Don't use a hand held mobile phone while driving. If you wish to use a mobile phone to talk or SMS, stop in a safe place. You must not continue to drive unless you are able to use a hands free kit.
- Never drive after consuming alcohol. Plan your night out, use a designated driver, arrange a lift or use public transport. Driving after drinking is just too risky.