LEARNER DRIVER MENTOR PROGRAMS (LDMPs) ARE DESIGNED TO ASSIST LEARNER DRIVERS IN ACCESSING A SUPERVISING DRIVER AND VEHICLE SO THEY CAN GAIN THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO OBTAIN A DRIVERS LICENCE.
Every LDMP operates slightly differently depending on the needs of the learner drivers in their area and the program's objectives. Some programs require the learners to be between the ages of 16 and 25 years old. Other programs are specifically for learner drivers who are from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities or migrant / refugee communities, while others support the general population.
Getting a drivers licence is particularly important for people in rural and remote areas and young people in metropolitan regions. Having a drivers licence can enhance:
- Employment opportunities
- Access to education/employment programs
- Access to medical/health appointments and other services particularly in rural or regional areas
- Independent living skills.
While LDMPs are seen to assist disadvantaged members of the community to gain a drivers licence, LDMPs also have the capacity to encourage a road safety focus and develop safer drivers. In 2013, Youthsafe was awarded an Australian Road Safety Community Award for our work on enhancing the road safety aspects of LDMPs.
Some of the products and services that Youthsafe currently provides LDMPs include:
- Distribution of Youthsafe's 'Toolkit for Developing Learner Driver Mentor Programs'. A complete guide on the initiation, implementation and evaluation of an LDMP.
- Mentor training sessions for volunteers who are interested in becoming supervising drivers.
- LDMP provider networking sessions via face to face or webinar sessions to encourage interagency information sharing.
- A complete evaluation of your LDMP including a full report outlining strengths, needs analysis and recommendations for your program to run more efficiently.