Ed Mulligan, founder of Lismores new driver training program Survive Your Drive, is confident his idea will be a success after the first session attracted 30 participants.
Aimed at 17 to 24-year-olds, the program offers initial theory sessions for free to entice young people and ensure there are no barriers to take part. If participants want to continue, they then pay $50 to undergo a full day of hands-on training.
Were going to do more audio visual presentations next time to make it more interesting. This was a bit like a trial and well just smarten it up and improve as we go along, Ed said. But to get 30 participants just before Christmas means theres definitely interest out there.
The program is supported by the City of Lismore Lions Club, which is hoping to roll it out across NSW in the next six to 12 months, and local car dealers have thrown their support behind it by donating six vehicles to be used during the field days.
The next free theory seminar will be held in early February with the practical component at the end of February. Specific dates will be available soon from the website www.surviveyourdrive.com.au or phone 6622 3755 for more information.
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