Do you know what a ‘Dutch Reach is?
If you answered no, then you might want to get along to Newcastle Showground next month.
That’s because car manufacturer Ford Australia will be bringing its FREE Driving Skills For Life (DSFL) course to Newcastle on Saturday 9 November.
Designed for new and young drivers, DSFL offers hands-on training delivered by professional instructors to help participants become safer drivers.
The course focuses on techniques not taught during L-plate driver instruction and aims to increase the use of safe and calm driving techniques as well as teach new drivers how to share the road with other vehicles and cyclists.
“On the road, there’s nothing more important than safety, Ford Australia CEO Kay Hart said.
“By helping new and young drivers to develop safe driving techniques, we’re hoping to make the road safer for everyone and give participants the best possible start to a lifetime of driving.”
Combining a mix of engaging elements, DSFL combines hands-on cycling VR simulations and tests the limits with ABS and Stability Control in a controlled environment.
The program also includes the Ford Impairment Suit which mimics the effects alcohol has on our bodies. With 30 per cent of fatal road accidents related to drink driving, this activity aims to showcase the dangerous outcomes drink driving can have.
This year, Ford is again partnering with the Amy Gillett Foundation to help DSFL participants share the road with cyclists safely and confidently.
“We know from our research that many drivers don’t feel confident driving around cyclists and that many cyclists are nervous being on the road with vehicles,” Kay said.
That’s why it’s so important to include a driver-cyclist safety component in DSFL this year.”
Oh and a Dutch Reach is a simple method of opening a car door to avoid ‘dooring’ cyclists. So, now you know!
The Ford Driving Skills For Life course will be on at Newcastle Showground on Saturday 9 November with two sessions starting at 8.30am and 12.30pm.
Head here to register