Naracoorte student drivers taught to Save A Life

A highly acclaimed road awareness program for Year 10 students designed to produce safe, responsible drivers has just visited Naracoorte.

Bendigo Bank supported the Save A Life Australia visit, which included student instruction at Naracoorte High School as well as a session for parents the night before.

The program focuses on more than just driver awareness. It emphasises the development of particular skills and knowledge to build a base of competence and experience to enhance young driver safety.

It included the use of a virtual reality driving simulator, the first of its kind in Australia, giving participants a realistic experience of what might occur in different driving situations.

The presentation included some eye-opening statistics about accident-related factors such as wearing a seatbelt.

Teacher Hillary Trotter said: "It is amazing for students to hear honest and real stories about the impact of road accidents on families and then have the opportunity to see their peers navigate real world driving situations."

A session for parents was held the night before, where they were stepped through some changes in road laws, how to choose the right instructor, how to be a better supervisor for learner drivers, how to choose safer cars and how to role model better driving behaviour.