Drivers College will be getting Bundaberg on the road to safer driving with its biggest ever Road Safety Expo this weekend.
The expo will take place at the Brickworks Circuit complex on Saturday 1 July from 9 am to 3 pm with just a gold coin donation for entry.
There will be plenty for visitors to explore with a variety of displays and stalls as well as information areas, driving demonstrations and safety presentations.
Drivers College Managing Director Robert Andrews said the idea was born from discussions with their driver educators who wanted to give back to the community while also letting them know the programs they have on offer right here in Bundaberg.
“Most shows, including car shows, only focus on one or two items,” Robert said.
“We decided that the community should be able to talk to people and businesses who were in a position to keep them safe on our roads.
“Businesses who could explain what a cracked windscreen could do, what a mechanical issue with a car could mean in preventing a crash, explain the difference between older cars and the modern cars and their safety equipment.
“Simple things that could save your life.”
Speakers on the day include presenters from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety (CARRS) in Brisbane, Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett MP and Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith MP, as well as representatives from Shine Lawyers to discuss support for crash victims.
The event is supported by local emergency services with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services demonstrating how they cut a car open in a mock rescue on the day.
Drivers College will also host free driving demonstrations for students aged fifteen and over with parental consent, teaching skills such as steering and emergency braking.
“We will also be showcasing our Destracted Driver Road Show where we physically demonstrate reaction braking verses distracted reaction braking in point of a second,” Robert said.
“[This] shows the extent of the distance a car travels when the driver is distracted or otherwise driving blind [and] has proven to be a real reality check.
Drivers College is a non-profit entity operated by trained volunteers with the goal of achieving road safety through early intervention education.
It provides programs such as learner driving, defensive driving, corporate driver training, caravan towing, driver assessments, trauma recovery and international driver education all in a safe, controlled environment.
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