GIPPSLAND Power is starring in a new road safety advertisement, reminding youths of the potential dangers when driving long distances.
The Powers’ Under 18 TAC Cup players are speaking to viewers – particularly L and P Platers – encouraging them to stop and take a break when they’re on the road for long periods of time.
“Young drivers such as our players here at the Power may not have experience of driving long distances themselves,” Power talent manager Peter Francis said.
“We do plenty of long trips as a club every season, so it’s crucial to keep in mind that resting every few hours when we’re on the road is key to staying awake, alert and alive.
“Even once drivers graduate from their Ls to Ps, the learning never stops.
“We are proud, along with all other TAC Cup clubs, to continue promoting road safety so that people are aware of the importance of safe driving.”
Gippsland’s video will be one of 12 TAC Cup ads uploaded to the TAC Cup Facebook page and on YouTube, with a prize on offer to the club whose clip attracts the most viewers online.
The videos will also be shown on Future Stars this season, which airs at 12.30pm on Sundays from May 17 on Channel Nine and WIN TV.
TAC Road Safety project coordinator Samantha Buckis said each club’s clip focuses on one of the nine topics covered in the TAC’s Safer P-Platers campaign in their video, ranging from planning a way home on a night out to driving in adverse weather conditions.
“Other issues like coping with peer pressure, choosing a safe vehicle to buy and avoiding distractions such as mobile phones are all problems that young drivers face,” Mrs Buckis said.
“All young drivers and their parents should head to saferpplaters.com.au for hints and tips to help them on the road.
“On top of the great work from TAC Cup clubs in promoting awareness, the TAC is determined to reduce road trauma for young drivers.”
Drivers aged 18 to 25 make up only around an eighth of Victorian licence holders, yet account for almost a quarter of road trauma across the state.
The TAC has sponsored the TAC Cup since its initiation in 1992, one of Australian sport’s longest-running partnerships.
To find out more about Safer P-Platers, head to www.saferpplaters.com.au