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Students craft their driving


​By Brigid Muir

Year 11 and 12 Noosa District State High School students learnt the key principles of low risk, defensive driving through practical and theoretical lessons during a two day Roadcraft Driver Education course at Gympie this week.

The two day course was designed to enhance safe driving and risk reduction practices by developing the students’ vehicle control skills and a greater risk appreciation of the consequences of inappropriate risk-taking behaviours.
The students were shown how to develop advanced observation techniques by using their vision more effectively and how to avoid being involved in a potentially dangerous traffic situation by managing time and space.
Roadcraft driver educator Nico Blankestyn explained to the students that if they were able to identify risk and avoid danger earlier, there would be less need for more advanced driving skills.
The students were provided with the opportunity to experience the feel of an emergency brake situation firsthand, behind the wheel of a vehicle, and under the guidance of an instructor, they attempted to turn the skidding vehicle first with and then without the assistance of ABS braking.
The students also learnt about the importance of paying a little bit extra for good quality tyres, how to perfectly inflate a tyre; and the most effective way to hold a steering wheel and position the driver’s seat.
“I really enjoyed the practical nature of the course,” Year 11 student Taniah Reinhardt said.
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