RAC simulator a hit with field days’ crowds
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.”
RAC events co-ordinator Janaya Kershaw showed the ropes to Ethan and Callum Argiropoulos, of Perth, at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.