Deniliquin High School’s learner drivers are gearing up for a week of on-road education.
The annual DHS Driver Education Program, which starts on Monday, aims to save lives by making students aware of their choices behind the wheel.
‘‘We want to give the students the tools to be safe on the road,’’ program committee member Jenny Fellows said.
‘‘It’s extremely important they get this education.
‘‘We all share the roads so we need to do as much as we can to lower the level of risk involved with driving.’’
This year the committee has organised a keynote speaker in motivational speaker Sacha Kaluri, from Teenage Expo, who will share her experiences following the death of her father in a road accident.
Ms Kaluri will also present a session for parents and community members at the high school’s MPC starting at 7pm on Monday evening.
New to this year’s program will be a heavy vehicle driving session, where students will have the chance to drive a Mack truck.
Mrs Fellows said this will be a tremendous addition to the program.
‘‘The students will be assisted in the driving of the truck,’’ she said.
‘‘The truck driving is mainly there to teach these students about sharing the road with heavy vehicles likes trucks and buses.
‘‘It will give them an understanding of how different and how much more difficult it is for a truck driver on the road.’’
A teen mental health first aid session will again be held, where students will take part in three 90 minute sessions and learn about mental health issues and how to support and seek assistance for a friend in crisis and the effects of mental health on driving.
They will also earn their Mental Health First Aid certificate following the final session.
Other sessions include ‘basic mechanics’ with Ian Fisher of Northside Car Solutions, an ‘around town’ session which explains the processes of reporting a car accident, a practical driving session with Brian Purtill from Deni Drivers Education, guest speakers addressing road safety and how road trauma has impacted on their lives, and the process of purchasing your first car.
‘‘A program like this would usually cost each student in excess of $150, but thanks to generous donations this has been considerably subsidised to only $30,’’ Deni High teacher Anthony Michael said.
‘‘Every student who completes the program will also be eligible for a free one hour driving lesson with Brian Purtill.’’
Members of Deniliquin Rotary Club and Lions Club will also assist during road safety driving exercises.