AITC Weekly Connect — Safety Is… At the AITC

As an industry school, at the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC), we aim to be leaders in safe work practices.

We know that collectively, we can contribute to adopting a strong safety culture which ensures we all take care of one another.

At our College, the senior years are about testing out trades and exploring what your young person is passionate about.

Of course, we want them to do this safely and with as much support as possible.

These years also happen to be the season which some of us have feared – the time your young person learns to drive!

Learning to drive and getting their Ps is an important milestone for many teenagers.

Whilst the new found freedom can be exciting, it’s also a time where they need to consider the consequences of driving distracted.

Data released by RACQ shows that 82% of students admitted to distracting the driver while a passenger and 61% had been a distracted driver.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie shared that mobile phone use while driving is one of the leading causes of distraction in the car.

Whilst this is concerning, there are ways we can support our teens.

The raising children parenting website states that positive relationships between parents and teenagers are linked to lower levels of risky driving.

So how can you help?

  • Give your child plenty of opportunities to drive in a range of conditions – at night, on the highway and in the rain.
  • Your young person learns about driving not only from formal lessons, but also from watching how you drive.
  • Model safe, legal and responsible driving and road use.
  • When you’re driving, talk about what you’re doing and why.
  • Discuss in advance the ground rules of driving. Don’t forget to discuss ways to avoid mobile phone use

We hope that these tips help your family as the teens of the house hit the road. At the end of each day, we want them all home safely.

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