Program to deliver lifesaving road safety skills


A new road safety initiative is set to teach teens lifesaving road safety skills.

RoadSet, a free online interactive learning experience, is aimed at Year 9 students, designed to help them become better road users before they obtain their learner’s permit.

Launched by the Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), with support from the Federal Government, the Progressive Web app hopes to transform road safety education in a bid to make Australian roads safer.

ARSF founder Russell White said the app was an important innovation that will provide a national approach in age appropriate road safety education.

“We need to remember that safety isn’t just about drivers, but about all road users, and that includes children on bikes, skateboards, scooters or simply walking on foot,” Mr White said.

“In fact, road trauma is the biggest killer of Australian kids aged between one and 14 and to change these tragic statistics, we need to address road safety in a new way.

“Our innovative approach is designed to increase road safety awareness skills in young Australians and highlight strategies to help prevent crashes and reduce road trauma.

“In this way, we are adding a layer of education to foster greater understanding and better behaviour that will save lives.”

Mr White added that reducing road trauma was ultimately a community issue.

“That’s why, in addition to schools, we’ve made RoadSet available to the wider community,” he said.

“Youth-based groups and other organisations can access the RoadSet program, along with all accompanying teaching and learning resources, free of charge.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said road safety is of vital importance to every Australian.

“RoadSet transforms the way road safety education is delivered,” he said.

“The program takes students on an engaging, self-guided learning journey, helping them develop their road awareness skills across a range of conditions, environments and scenarios.”

Students and the community can access the free resource here.

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