Driving course held at raceway

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Seeing what his mum did under the same driving conditions was a memorable highlight for South Otago High School pupil Blake Mosley (17) at the recent Street Smart driving course held at Teretonga Park raceway in Invercargill.

“It was a good course and the highlight for me was being able to make an emergency stop at speed and feeling how the car reacts.

‘‘I also enjoyed seeing mum do the same thing in the same situation,” he said.

Blake said he found the course beneficial and felt it would help other young drivers discover what driving and braking at speed was like.

His mother, Lisa Cowie, found the course “brilliant’’.

‘‘The kids got to experience what driving at speed was really like, how the car handles when under heavy braking. It’s something they cannot learn when just driving around the block’’, she said.

Clutha District Council road safety co-ordinator Rachel Harrison said the one›day course attracted 30 young drivers and their parents to the first Street Smart day held in the southern region.

“It was a full day of learning, confidence-building and driver training taken on by the young drivers. Many came with parents or a caregiver who rode on board.

“Participants were aged from 16 onwards and the day consisted of practical training lessons as they moved through 10 stations, each using hands›on techniques to fine›tune their knowledge,’’ she said.

Street Smart programme director Hayden Dickason expressed thanks to Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan for coming along on Saturday and for the great support they had received from the police, the Southern Institute of Technology, Road Safety Southland, Clutha District Council Road Safety, Southland District Council, Clutha District Council and the Otago Motor Club Trust.

Mrs Harrison said they were hoping to repeat the course in December.