Road safety and driver education

Road safety and driver education is something important to all of us, and our children, and of particular focus to children now contemplating gaining their license.

Below is some information outline which elements of road safety and driver education are taught at our school. This can be through special programs, or lessons based on the PDHPE syllabus. Also provided are references to NSW RMS information on ideas around private companies offering driver education.

Year 8 students study a Safe Living unit, which addresses the following content:

  • Why do accidents occur? Avoidable or Unavoidable?
  • Difference between an accident & a mishap.
  • Environments where accidents occur-
  • Home and roads
  • Common accidents in these environments
  • Case studies – “Why did these accidents occur?”
  • Rules – what are they & why do we have them?
  • Consequences of breaking rules
  • Influences on unsafe behaviour-peers
  • Bicycle Safety
  • rules of good bike riding
  • Bicycle maintenance
  • Helmet design project
  • On the Road
  • common road rules and road sign
  • passenger safety
  • pedestrian safety
  • Risky Behaviour and consequences

Year 10 students study a Driver Education and Road Safety and unit, which addresses the following content:

  • Responsible behaviour of pedestrians, cyclists, drivers & passengers.
  • Factors influencing road-use behaviour.
  • Major causes of road & traffic related injuries. Alcohol. Drugs, speed, fatigue.
  • Factors that support safe road behaviour. RBT, radar & speed cameras, red light cameras, seat belts, driver reviver stations, education

Other school programs supporting Driver Education include the Year 11 Crossroads course

http://www.learning.schools.nsw.edu.au/crossroads/

Crossroads Safe Travel resources

Teaching and learning activities include drink walking, reducing road user distraction, travelling safely, locally and overseas and counting the cost.

The “U Turn the Wheel” program is a one-day in-school program that is now being delivered to Year 11 students in every High School in the Sutherland Shire.

http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Outdoors/Roads-and-Footpaths/Road-Safety/U-Turn-the-Wheel

“U Turn the Wheel” is coordinated by local Rotary Clubs and supported by Sutherland Shire Council.

Expert presenters talk to students about the issues facing young drivers, and discuss strategies to deal with them.

The program reinforces the messages that parents are trying to get their young drivers to heed – that the decisions and actions made by drivers on the roads are their responsibility alone, and can often lead to unforeseen and tragic consequences.

 Program Sessions

The underlying theme promotes students taking individual responsibility for the choices that they make as drivers

Keeping Your L’s and P’s 

Police_1 Local Highway Patrol Officers discuss the methods and consequences of enforcement.

There is a strong focus on identifying risk-taking behaviour, such as speeding, using mobile phones, and the penalties for these offences.

Picking Up the Pieces

Ambo_1 NSW Ambulance Service present on the results of crashes and how driver attitude affects risk.

The theme of personal choice is integral.

The Paramedics have extensive personal experience at crash scenes and the students are always interested in what causes crashes and how they can be avoided.

Driver Distractions

Youthsafe_1 YouthSafe present a highly interactive session on managing distractions.

The main goal is identifying in-car distractions and talking about how best to deal with them.

New Driver Survivor

Trent1 Local driving instructors from L Trent Driving School emphasise the hazards, distractions and risks that challenge safe driving outcomes.

Discussions occur based on the types of decisions made and the skills and techniques needed to avoid crashes, within various crash scenarios.

Buying a Safe Used Car

NRMA_1 The NRMA gives advice on how to buy a used car and the things to look out for.

The session discusses the costs of car ownership with a strong focus on buying the safest car students can afford.

Being Fit to Drive 

DA1 Students learn that there is no “safe” amounts of drugs or alcohol when driving.

Session includes how different substances can impair driving ability, the rate that young bodies process alcohol, as well as the importance of having a “getting home safely” plan.

Presented by 2Connect Youth & Community.

 

What is the process for attaining a driver’s license?

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/index.html

Supervising driver requirements

To supervise a learner, you must

  • Hold a current full Australian driver licence– not a learner or provisional licence
  • Have a good understanding of the road rules
  • Be a competent driver
  • Be able to effectively communicate information and ideas clearly.

Learner driver log book and digital log book apps

Learner drivers need to record their practical experience in a log book. They can choose to use either a paper log book, or a digital log book app.

As the supervising driver, you’ll need to mark off the learner’s progress against a range of key tasks listed in their log book. Both the book and app include instructions on how to do this.’

‘12 tips for better learner supervision

When you’re supervising your learner driver:

  1. If either you or the learner driver is tired, upset or stressed, reschedule the practice session to another time
  2. Try frequent, short practice sessions in the beginning
  3. Use the Learner Driver Log Book task key points as a guide to practice sessions
  4. Begin with the easiest tasks then, once your learner has mastered those, move on to more difficult tasks
  5. Discuss then demonstrate new tasks before asking your learner to attempt them
  6. Use ‘commentary driving’ – talk about what is happening inside and outside the vehicle
  7. Start the learner practising on quiet streets, preferably in daylight, before moving onto busier roads and more challenging conditions
  8. Allow the learner to proceed at their own pace – don’t force them to attempt tasks they’re not ready for
  9. Don’t criticise mistakes. Calmly explain and discuss what happened and allow the learner to try again
  10. Be positive and offer praise when the learner successfully completes a task
  11. Emphasise the importance of developing a sensitivity to speed. Learners need to understand that the faster a vehicle travels, the more difficult it is to respond to potential hazards. When involved in a crash, the faster a vehicle is travelling, the more devastating the outcome
  12. Avoid using the radio, mobile phone or talking to other passengers while your learner is practising.

Free workshops – helping learner drivers become safer drivers

Free workshops for parents and supervisors of learner drivers are conducted around NSW. The workshops offer practical advice on how to help learner drivers become safer drivers, and cover topics such as:

  • How to use the Learner Driver Log Book
  • Planning driving sessions
  • How to deal with difficulties that may arise during driving practice
  • The importance of giving your learner constructive feedback.

For information about workshops in your area, call us on 13 22 13.’

What other support is available to assist with driver education?

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/licence/driver/driver-licence-access-program/index.html

How do learner drivers earn credit hours through courses?

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/drivers/youngdrivers/youngerdriverscourse.html

‘As well as becoming a safer driver, l will earn a bonus 20 hours log book credit once you complete the course, so you only need to finish 100 hours of supervised driving outside the course.

The course has been designed for a learner to attend once, so the 20 hours of bonus log book credit will only be deducted once.

The 3-for1 bonus also applies if you take structured lessons with a licensed NSW driving instructor.

 

Learner driver activity Credit Supervised driving hours Log book total
Safer Drivers Course 20 hours 100 hours 120 hours
10 hours of professional lessons 20 hours
This is in addition to the 10 hours spent driving during the lessons. Professional lessons totalling more than 10 hours will not provide additional credit.
100 hours 120 hours
Safer Drivers Course and 10 hours professional lessons 40 hours 80 hours 120 hours

Cost

The course costs $140, which includes a 3 hour group discussion with other learners, and a 2 hour coaching session in a vehicle, along with another learner.

3-for1 bonus hours

For every 1 hour structured driving lesson you complete with a licensed Driving Instructor, you can record 3 hours driving experience in your log book.’

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