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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
Rose Giudici lives in Hobart with her husband and six children. Rose became an RACT member about 10 years ago. Why did you join the RACT? Because I had an old car that was unreliable. What’s the most memorable time you’ve been helped by being a member of the RACT? The day we’d driven here and there and ever y where and I had five of the kids in the car and we were about to watch one son’s cricket game and the car wouldn’t start. The RACT towed the car away and we were stranded in Sandy Bay. So we walked home. We were almost home when my Dad was sent to pick us up. The worst thing was they couldn’t find anything wrong with the car. I think I must have f looded the engine with all the stopping and starting that day. Tell me about your current car. It is a Mitsubishi Star Wagon. It has eight seats, which we obviously need. What is your biggest motoring gripe? Just yesterday coming home a guy in a big truck was talking on his mobile phone and he nearly hit us because he was distracted. I don’t like people talking on their phones in cars. After the family photos, what is your most precious material possession? Most things wouldn’t bother me, they’re just things. But there is a special candle my grandfather gave me from Germany. And I’d make sure the kids are safe – they come before the family photos. What is your most memorable holiday moment? My husband and I were in Germany and my mum was looking after the kids. But one son got sick, he was having fits and was taken to hospital and we had to decide whether to come home or not. A nicer memory is when we all walked up Mt Farrell on the West Coast when my youngest child was ver y little. The youngest ones stopped with my husband after a while but I took the oldest three to find a frog pond I’d remembered as a child. Finding it again was special. What about your favourite holiday destination? I like going to Queensland to visit my grandparents but I also like travelling anywhere in Tasmania with the children. I forget that it is 20 years since I’ve been somewhere and the kids haven’t been there. There are so many beautiful spots I can’t pick a best. Where do you plan to spend your next holiday? We’re thinking of going to the East Coast – probably Coles Bay. Member in focus I strongly recommend that learners obtain the training kit once they have received their L1 licence. I continually receive feedback from driving assessors statew ide who say there is a difference between learners who have taken the time to read the Novice Drivers’ Training Kit, compared to those who have not. The Novice Drivers’ Training Kit has three comprehensive publications: • The Super visory Drivers’ Handbook assists supervisor y drivers (eg parents) to prepare a lear ner driver for a lifetime of safe driving practices and behaviour. This publication guides the supervisory driver through the learning stages – first, to develop basic driving skills; next, to automate these skills; and then to develop the higher-order driving skills, such as hazard identification, scanning and responsiveness. It also has information for the supervisory driver regarding programs such as Keys2Drive and Keys to Ps. • The voluntary L1 Logbook and mandator y L2 Logbook are used to record the supervised driving hours and also have recommended driving tasks the learner should undertake. • A Guide to Your Driving Assessments gives the lear ner infor mation about the experience they need to become a safe driver and explains what is required of them to pass the practical driving assessments. All three publications come in a handy plastic wallet. The Novice Drivers’ Training Kit can be downloaded free from www. transport.tas.gov.au or can be purchased at any Service Tasmania Shop for only $5.50. The best way to learn to drive is through structured training. While professional dr iving instr uctors can obviously provide this, the Supervisor y Drivers’ Handbook provides advice to parents who are teaching their children to drive. It provides information on how to structure a driving lesson to obtain the maximum benefit, along with exercises and manoeuvres the learner should practise, as well as a section that assists the supervisor to conduct practice assessments, to determine if the learner is prepared well enough for the L2 or P1 assessment. Quite often I am asked if there is a benchmark or quota for learners to pass the L2 and P1 car practical driving assessment. I can categorically say there are no quotas or benchmarks. It is all about whether the learner can demonstrate that they are developing, or have developed, the appropr iate competencies. In other words, it is all about the safety of the learner and other road users. In our community June / July 2011 11
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