Students safely hit the road thanks to Young Driver Development Program

Collie Senior High School Young Driver Development Program participants at the
completion of the program. Photo: supplied
Collie Senior High School Young Driver Development Program participants at the completion of the program. Photo: supplied

Teen drivers from Collie Senior High School are ready to hit the road thanks to Synergy’s annual sponsorship of the Young Driver Development Program.

Held at the school and Collie Motorplex, the year 11 students learnt valuable skills like basic driving and car maintenance; identifying risky driving behaviour; interaction with others on the road; recognising and avoiding road risks; and reducing driving and lifestyle fatigue.

Collie Senior High School teacher in charge of health and physical education Stacey Crellin said the program was important to the community, given the past tragedies on our roads relating to young people.  

“This program is so important to the Collie community, given the past tragedies on our roads relating to several young people.  We want programs like these to help our future stay safe and not become the next statistic, she said. 

Anika Pelser and Samara Coverley learn about basic vehicle maintenance with Young Driver Development Program instructor Mike Hendry as part of the Collie Senior High School driver safety program. Photo: supplied.

Anika Pelser and Samara Coverley learn about basic vehicle maintenance with Young Driver Development Program instructor Mike Hendry as part of the Collie Senior High School driver safety program. Photo: supplied.

Synergy’s manager of thermal generation Leigh Amos said the company was proud to back a program that provides practical, lifelong skills to local youth to keep them safe on the roads.

“More than 50,000 new drivers hit WA roads every year, however young people are over-represented in almost every road safety statistic. Supporting a program like this is important to Synergy as it provides lasting benefits for Collie’s youth by preparing them for a lifetime on our roads,” Mr Amos said.

“Their safety is also vital to welfare of their families, their friends and the whole Collie community which Synergy and our people are part of.”

The South West Youth Driver Program is WA School Curriculum and Standards Authority endorsed and services the whole South West region. It has been run for more than a decade at Collie Senior High School.