DRIVER SAFETY: Sunrise's Mark Beretta, Jane Newton from Supercheap Auto and Driver Safety CEO Russell White.
DRIVER SAFETY: Sunrise's Mark Beretta, Jane Newton from Supercheap Auto and Driver Safety CEO Russell White. Contributed

Kingaroy business to help young drivers

QUEENSLAND'S youngest drivers would rather go out to dinner than fix a broken headlight on their car.

This is according to new data from Driver Safety Australia and Supercheap Auto.

The research found 50 per cent of Queensland drivers aged 25 and under have knowingly driven a car with a safety issue at the time.

Driver Safety Australia founder and CEO Russell White said young drivers were not only endangering their own lives but other road users.

"Car crashes happen in an instant, and in that moment having a car in safe condition can be the difference between life and death,” Mr White said.

"Every driver has a responsibility to ensure they're taking precautions to keep themselves and those around them safe.

"Whether that's tyre tread and being able to brake in time, or having adequate vision in different weather conditions with working wipers or headlights.

"We continue to see serious injuries and fatalities as a result of being struck in high-traffic areas, which can often be avoided.”

The research found half of drivers who have no car safety check knowledge are eager to learn how to care for their car.

South Burnett drivers have the chance to be educated on how to care for their car on March 30 at Supercheap Auto.

The initiative raises awareness amongst younger drivers around the importance of undertaking regular vehicle safety checks.

Drivers will get in-store training and those unable to attend will have the chance to learn other car checks through online tutorials.

"We're fortunate at Supercheap Auto to have a skilled team and the tools required to help educate the newest generation of vehicle owners and help create safer roads for all,” David Bauer from Supercheap Auto said.