ARARAT - Brad Wood is the first Ararat learner driver to gain his probationary licence in the L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program.
Mr Wood joined the L2P program six months ago and with the help of his volunteer mentor, Ron, Brad was able to reach the required 120 hours of driving experience quicker than he had anticipated.
Mr Wood loved the L2P program.
"Not only do you get a few hours up, you also get to enjoy a good conversation," he said.
Mr Wood said that if anyone was thinking of joining the program as a learner driver, to 'just go for it.
"It is lots of fun and you will learn a lot from your mentor," he said.
L2P assists learner drivers aged 16-20 years old without access to a vehicle or supervising driver or both to gain the 120 hours of driving experience required to apply for their probationary licence. A learner is matched with a fully licensed volunteer mentor who acts as the supervising driver and they gain the hours in a community sponsored vehicle.
Mentor Ron enjoyed being in L2P and being able to teach Mr Wood.
"Being a mentor is a change to impart some of my knowledge to Brad about being a safe driver on the road," he said.
The program is free to both learner and mentor. The L2P mentor program is still looking for learner drivers to help them become better drivers and reach the 120 hours required to obtain their probationary licence.
Program organisers are also looking for volunteer mentors who are able to give up one hour per fortnight or more to assist a young person achieve their goal of gaining their Ps.
Training for mentors is being held on March 15 and 22 in Ararat. If you would like more information on the L2P program or would like to apply as a learner or mentor, please contact the L2P coordinator, Meagan O'Brien on 5352 3266 or visit her at the CGLLEN Office - 68 High Street, Ararat.