Happy Holiday Motoring from Proton & Safe Drive Training


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SYDNEY – Dec 27, 2013: Proton Cars Australia has delivered three Prevé GX sedans in its ongoing support of Queensland based driving academy, Safe Drive Training.

Established in 1996, a year after Proton Australia commenced operations; Safe Drive Training has delivered its special one-day Defensive driver awareness course to over 55,000 young and novice drivers, mainly year 12 school students. Each year the course is offered to over 650 schools throughout Queensland and New South Wales.

The Proton Prevé GX training cars will be used for a variety of driver training courses offered at the southeast Queensland based facility.

The Prevé GX features a raft of standard safety features including six Airbags, Electronic Stability Control, and Traction Control, ABS brakes with EBD, a Reinforced Safety Structure, Front Active Headrests, Seat belt Pre-Tensioners and Reversing Sensors. It has also been awarded a Five- Star ANCAP Safety rating.

Safe Drive Training’s founder Joel Neilsen thanked Proton for their continued support and said, “The new Prevé with its five years warranty and five years free roadside assist made good business sense, while its five star ANCAP safety rating meant our students and ourselves are driving a car with the highest levels of protection”.

He added, “Most of our corporate clients won’t allow their staff to drive a car with less than five stars, so the Proton Prevé is the perfect answer for them also”.

PROTON Cars Australia General Manager Sales & Marketing Billy Falconer said, “We are proud to continue supporting Joel and his team at Safe Drive Training and applaud the vital work they do in training novice and young drivers.

“We are also pleased the Proton Prevé GX, with its excellent safety equipment and five star ANCAP safety rating will be used by so many students, who will motor on in an affordable, safe vehicle”.

With the holiday season upon us, Safe Drive Training recommends the following steps to make your motoring safer and more enjoyable.

  • Be realistic about the journey distance and the time it will take. This time of the year sees more cars on the roads than any other, so trips could take longer than normal.

  • Be patient and courteous at all times and respect other road users like cyclists, motorbikes, and in rural areas farm machinery.
  • Have your car professionally serviced prior to heading off and ensure your tyres (including spare) are in good condition and inflated correctly.
  • Cars behave very differently when fully loaded, so be mindful of this when driving and allow for the extra weight of people and cargo that is being carried.
  • Remain alert at all times and constantly scan the road ahead.
  • Get out of the car, do not battle fatigue, take regular breaks, walk around and do some gentle stretching before resuming your trip.
  • Take a breath and let the fools pass you; they are better off being in front than behind your car
  • Avoid distractions from mobile phones and other passengers

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