Footballers take to the road

Alvie under-17s player Josh Onderwater practiced emergency braking in gravel without ABS brakes at a defensive driving course at Colac’s saleyards.

SIX members of the Alvie under-17s football team spent a day navigating their way around witches hats and water at a defensive driving course.

Learner drivers Paul O’Shea, Dean McGuane, Josh Vagg, Josh Onderwater, Tom Doolan and Mitch Lee drove with their parents around a course at Colac’s saleyards.

Players and their parents reached speeds of up to 65 kilometres per hour before braking at the instructors’ whistles.

The exercises taught drivers about reaction times, road surfaces, the use of ABS brakes and the distance required to bring cars to a stop.

Geoff Vagg said Sunday’s young driver development road safety course was a reward after the players won a Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Spirit of Sport award.

Murcott Young Driver Development’s Samantha Reid said the program taught young people to be safe on the road.

Ms Reid said learner drivers were the safest drivers on the road, but she said young drivers were 30 times more likely to have an accident when they obtained their ‘P’ plates.

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