DRIVE SAFELY: Senior Constable Dan O'Hara and Constable Kenny Koala share important safe driving tips with young drivers at the Under the Bonnet event.
DRIVE SAFELY: Senior Constable Dan O'Hara and Constable Kenny Koala share important safe driving tips with young drivers at the Under the Bonnet event. Emily Bradfield

New drivers learn basic mechanics

PREVENTION may be better than a cure, but young drivers learned the basics of both at a car workshop held in Dalby this week.

Black Toyota hosted their fourth Under the Bonnet program in conjunction with Dalby police and PCYC.

The aim of the program is to equip young drivers with basic car maintenance and road safety skills.

Participants were taught how to check the oil, water and tyre pressure of a vehicle, change a tyre, jump-start a car and received a spacial safety briefing from Dalby police.

Dalby Burnett District crime prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Dan O'Hara said the event was important in giving drivers the skills to keep their car in a safe condition and to know how to keep themselves safe in the event of a breakdown.

"It ensures that when they go for a drive, especially in these isolated, rural areas, if they do break down there's a chance that they may be able to get the vehicle going again or, if we're lucky, actually make sure the car has got oil, water, break fluid so the vehicle gets from point A to point B,” Snr Const O'Hara said.

"A lot of the time because they don't have the knowledge and previously haven't been encouraged ... they haven't been game to check these things on their own.

"With a bit of simple instruction we can show them just how easy it is to do a lot of these basic checks.

"Prevention is better than cure and a well-prepared vehicle in most instances can get you where you want to go.”

TOP TIPS FOR NEW DRIVERS:

CAR MAINTENANCE:

Ensure good tyres with plenty of tread and correct air pressure

Headlights, tail lights, indicators, break lights and hazard lights all in good working order

Good brakes

Warning device - horn in working order

No obvious cracks or chips in line of vision on windscreen

ROAD SAFETY:

Always maintain safe distance between vehicles

Indicate well ahead of time

When slowing down, touch the breaks to warn others

When merging, beware of what you and drivers around you are doing

Be aware that breaking and steering characteristics are very different on wet roads


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