Auscarts has recently started to put together a
Driver Education program targeted at students in years 7 to 9 in the years
leading up to them being able to receive their Learners Permit.
Below is our proposal which outlines our
School and Youth groups at Auscarts
What we propose:
Where we differ, is our focus on student
learning. This includes OH and S, preparing and equipping kids with the skills
they need for the road (learners permit), bringing teachers and students closer
by being out of the class room and also help bond student relationships.
Basically, it’s learning in a fun environment.
The issues as Victoria Police and VicRoads
Since 1989, Victoria’s
road toll has had a large reduction. Unfortunately though, the 18 to 25 age
group, continues to dominate the road toll statistics
Young Victorians in
their first year of driving are almost four times more likely to be involved in
a fatal or serious injury crash than more experienced drivers. The reasons for
· A lack of experience and
· Limited ability and judgment
· Underestimation of risks
· Deliberate risk-taking
· Alcohol and drug use.
A young driver’s risk
of being involved in a fatal crash is over five times higher when carrying two
or more passengers than when travelling alone.
· Young passengers are most
likely to be killed in a car when travelling with young drivers.
· For young male drivers, the
riskiest combination is travelling with young male passengers.
· Passengers are central to
risky driving, especially where young men are involved.
· Young male passengers often
actively encourage their male peers to engage in risky driving behaviour.
· Many young males say they
drive in a risky way to show off to young male passengers, even if the
passengers have not asked them to.
Common reasons given
for unsafe driving by young drivers include:
· Sense of invincibility
· Impressing friends and
wanting to be accepted
· Peer group pressure
· Going along with the crowd
and not wanting to be left out
· Don’t feel they can say no
or speak up when they are in a risky situation.
How we can help
Inexperience of drivers
is still the number one reason of serious crashes and fatalities on Victorian
roads. Clearly something needs to be done to bring the driving standard of
young Victorians to a higher level before they are allowed to drive solo.
Auscarts Indoor Racing
has driving facilities from 13 years of age upwards. If we can elongate the
time in which young Victorians learn the dangers on our roads and build their
skill base we have a chance to reduce this statistic. All we need to do is get
the theory and practicality of driving started earlier.
All schools now are
legally obliged to teach their students the dangers of sexual intercourse and
equip them with the knowledge to make an informed decision about their actions.
There is no such program for road safety. It is left solely up to the parents
to teach their kids everything they need to know over two years. This is not
possible for all families. Schools need to step in to help the parents out.
Although a go kart
centre isn’t a substitute for driving on the road it can develop children’s
skill base, from simple hand eye co-ordination through to being able to use the
accelerator and brake. They also need to be alert to other drivers out on track
and the traffic light safety system. It’s much better to learn this in a
controlled environment then out on the road, when accidents can lead to serious
We can teach them the
basics or driving and also (if required) the reasoning and rules behind a venue
such as ours with 35,000 members in our database. But more than that, we have
the paperwork and reports to prove we are the safest venue in Victoria from
liaising with engineers (Transport Accident Consultants) and WorkSafe Victoria.
We are working towards
being the best go kart centre in Victoria. To do this we believe we need to
bring the general public along for the ride and this initiative is one way to
do so. By teaching kids how to drive, we can reduce the road toll and make
Victorian roads the safest in Australia.
We are currently
seeking expressions of interest from schools and youth groups who would like to
take part in such a program. If this sounds like something your school or youth
group would like to take part in, please let us know.