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It is a nerve-racking experience for any parent when their son or daughter has reached the age of being able to get their learners permit. Every parent’s hope is that they can give their teenager as much supervised experience on the road as possible before they are out there on their own.
From the first drive bunny hopping in the family car through to professional driving lessons as time goes on the learner driver becomes more comfortable with the whole experience of driving.
Logging the required 100 hours of experience is mandatory for getting a probationary licence. It is also advisable to purchase the vehicle that the driver is going to be driving in before they graduate to their p plates. That way then they will have the experience in their own vehicle in all different road and weather conditions.
The last thing that anyone wants is to be stranded at the side of the road with a broken down car, especially young drivers with little experience. It comes down to buying the right vehicle and maintaining that vehicle to avoid this situation.
The big question is:
What is the safest car to buy within budget for a learner driver?
The vehicles will be referred to as High-Powered Performance vehicles.
High-Powered Vehicles are categorised by the following:
Any modified engines must have approval. Refer the following act: Section 13 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Vehicle Standards and Safety) Regulation 2010.
Suzuki Cappuccino 2D Cabriolet Turbo 3 657-698cc (1992-1997)
Check the tyre placard for the tyre pressure required for the vehicle. (Which is usually located in the driver’s doorframe, glove box or fuel cap) Show them how to check the pressure of air in the tyres on the vehicle and how frequently they should be checked.
How to check the engine oil using the dipstick and where to put engine oil when topping up
How to top up the water in the radiator
Where the wiper washer fluid is located for topping up
How to change a tyre
Roadside assistance is always recommended to young drivers especially with the cost of towing and unexpected repairs, that policy can save the driver both time and money.
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