Young drivers aged from 16-22 will have the opportunity to learn about basic motor vehicle maintenance, information about buying a car, and basic vehicle familiarisation at a free workshop to be held at Benalla Toyota at 6pm, Monday 12 October.
Qualified mechanics will conduct the workshop, which will include information about tyres and wheels, interior safety, engine care, and brakes.
The workshop is part of the Council-run Benalla L2P Learner Mentor Program, which pairs young drivers with a driver mentor who mentors the driver in a car provided by the Value Autogroup.
Peter Gardiner, Service Manager at Benalla Toyota, said that the key thing young drivers will learn at the workshop is the importance of maintenance to prevent future issues.
“Checking oil and water and pumping tyres to the right pressure can help avoid unnecessary costs. Preventive car maintenance also means you are less likely to break down on the side of the road,” Mr Gardiner said.
“You don’t need to know a lot about cars, but if you can pop the bonnet and see that there is oil everywhere or something else isn’t normal, then you can get your car to a mechanic and prevent further damage,” he said.
Mayor Cr Justin King said that the workshop was part of the bigger picture of assisting young people to get their licenses and get driving safely.
“The L2P Learner Driver Program already assists young people to get driving, and this workshop will assist them with some of the issues that will come up once they have their license and are looking at getting their own vehicle,” he said.
Young people who wish to participate should contact the Council on (03) 5760 2600 or email email@example.com by Friday 9 October.
The Benalla L2P Program is run by the Council, funded by TAC, managed by Vic Roads and proudly sponsored by Value Autogroup Benalla.
Image: Left to right: Hayne Henning (young driver) Simon Lloyd (mentor) and Peter Gardiner (Service manager Benalla Toyota)