RACT and Kennerly Children's Homes
100 years

100 driver training lessons given away

For the past 100 years, we’ve been committed to promoting road safety and helping our community, especially young people who are just starting out on the road. As part of National Road Safety Week 2023, we‘ve partnered with some amazing organisations to deliver 100 free driver training lessons to young people in need of assistance across the state.

We worked alongside Kennerley Children’s Homes, the Migrant Resource Centre, Youth, Family & Community Connections Inc., and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre to offer the lessons at our Driver Training centres in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. Our goal was to teach the fundamentals of driving and highlight the importance of safe driving practices to these young learners.

We‘re thrilled that we could offer this kind of training to young people who might not have had access to it before. “Many of the families we support come from backgrounds where this type of training isn‘t readily available. It‘s been wonderful to provide our most vulnerable young people with the chance to learn such an essential life skill,” Cedric Manen said.

“These lessons will provide participants with crucial information about driving and road safety. They’ll learn about the importance of wearing seat belts, the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and the importance of being alert and attentive while driving,” RACT’s Chief Operating Officer Stacey Pennicott said.

Our Chief Advocacy Officer, Garry Bailey, said, “Not only are we teaching our most vulnerable road users how to drive safely, but we‘re also helping them to become more responsible and informed drivers, which, in turn, helps to create a safer and more responsible community.”