Ability Drive Tuition calling for community to respect learner drivers

In safe hands: Ability Drive Tuition owner/operator Gem Rina. Photo: Supplied.
In safe hands: Ability Drive Tuition owner/operator Gem Rina. Photo: Supplied.

With over 20 years' experience as a driving instructor, Ability Drive Tuition owner/operator Gem Rina has seen it all.

However, it is the lack of respect for learner drivers that has seen her reach out to Choose Respect in an effort to remind everyone to consider their actions around vehicles displaying L-plates.

"Too many times impatient drivers tail gate or incorrectly pass our vehicles, which is not only sometimes illegal and dangerous, but is also a poor example to our future drivers," Ms Rina said.

"Learning to drive can be an anxious time for most people, and someone putting you under pressure just adds to that anxiety."

Bunbury Choose Respect co-ordinator Leanne Maher said showing care and consideration for learner drivers, and all those on the road, is all part of growing respect community wide.

"By displaying the Choose Respect message on the rear of vehicles, it is a visual reminder to other drivers, to stop and think before they act," she said.

"Everyone on the road deserves respect and we were all a learner driver at some time in our lives.

"So choosing to be a good role model around learner drivers is just another way to demonstrate that what each of us do matters, and it all helps to keep our roads safer for everyone"

Thanks to a generous grant from Aqwest, Choose Respect Bumper stickers are available for free by contacting the Bunbury Choose Respect committee on bunburyrespect@gmail.com.