RAC sim­u­la­tor a hit with field days’ crowds

Countryman - - NEWDEGATE MACHINERY FIELD DAYS - Rueben Hale

A high­light of the field days sea­son was RAC’s res­cue he­li­copter sim­u­la­tor, with the in­surer truck­ing in the one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence to both Dow­erin and Newdegate.

RAC was also recog­nised at the Newdegate Ma­chin­ery Field Days with an ex­hibitor award, as the best dis­play in the off-road, out­doors and camp­ing cat­e­gory.

The four-minute, 360-de­gree vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence sim­u­lates a res­cue mis­sion, giv­ing field days vis­i­tors a valu­able in­sight into the work of RAC’s two res­cue he­li­copters.

The ex­pe­ri­ence also high­lighted the need for more driver ed­u­ca­tion, to kurb WA’s road fa­tal­ity rate.

The State has the worst road fa­tal­ity rate in the coun­try, with most fa­tal­i­ties oc­cur­ring on re­gional roads.

RAC gen­eral man­ager cor­po­rate af­fairs Will Golsby said a re­cent sur­vey had re­vealed the top ar­eas where West Aus­tralians wanted more driver ed­u­ca­tion, in­clud­ing merg­ing, round­abouts, mo­bile phone use be­hind the wheel and chang­ing lanes.

“Speed­ing was the fifth most nom­i­nated area, with a third of re­spon­dents say­ing more driver ed­u­ca­tion was re­quired in re­gards to stick­ing to speed lim­its,” he said.

“An­other 20 per cent said other driv­ers did not un­der­stand laws around speed­ing. This was par­tic­u­larly trou­bling, given WA has the worst road fa­tal­ity rate of any State, with speed­ing the lead­ing cause of fa­tal crashes.”

Pic­ture: Rueben Hale

RAC events co-or­di­na­tor Janaya Ker­shaw showed the ropes to Ethan and Callum Ar­giropou­los, of Perth, at the Dow­erin GWN7 Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

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