Young Kimba drivers provided with Austdrive course

A Kimba resident was able to organise a driving course for young drivers thanks to support from the local community.

Lisa Zibell organised for the Australian Driving Institute to bring its Austdrive Youth Driver Awareness Program to Kimba on August 12.

About 13 drivers, aged under 21-years-old took part in the course which taught driving elements including emergency braking, wildlife dangers, safe following distances and emergency collision avoidance.

Mrs Zibell said it has been at least three years since the Australian Driving Institute had done anything in Kimba and thought this course was needed for local youth.

She said it was thanks to the support of Bank SA, Kimba District Council and Kimba Gateway Hotel that it was able to take place.

“My main drive was I have a 16-year-old son who got his Ls in February and I heard about this course from a friend,” she said.

“I contacted local businesses and the council to get some sponsors and Bank SA provided $1500 for the course.

“Council provided $1000 and the Kimba Gateway Hotel provided accommodation for the two instructors.”

Mrs Zibell said parent feedback on the course was positive and many said they had also learned information during it.

The Austdrive program has been provided to schools across the state and targeted at 16 to 21-year-old learner or probationary licence holders to provide practical driver awareness and meet driver needs.

Mrs Zibell said she hoped to see the program return in another two to three years, depending on sponsorship.