Coast stu­dents to trial high-tech driv­ing course

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STU­DENTS from a Sun­shine Coast high school will be the first to trial a new ground-break­ing online learner driver test that could re­place the mul­ti­ple choice writ­ten pa­per.

The State Gov­ern­ment will to­day un­veil plans for the trial of PrepL in six schools, in­clud­ing Moun­tain Creek State High.

Act­ing Main Roads and Road Safety Min­is­ter Steven Miles said PrepL was a high-tech, safety-fo­cussed online test that would al­low driv­ers to com­plete their learn­ing and as­sess­ment any­where and any­time, at their own pace.

It will push learner driv­ers through an in­ten­sive and in­ter­ac­tive course, in­clud­ing driv­ing sim­u­la­tion tasks and pow­er­ful real-life in­ter­views.

“Driv­ers un­der 24 are Queens­land’s most at-risk road user group and are 60% more likely to be in­volved in a se­ri­ous crash than more ma­ture driv­ers,” Mr Miles said.

“PrepL is used across mul­ti­ple de­vices such as smart phones, tablets and com­put­ers.

“If suc­cess­ful, the cur­rent 30-ques­tion pa­per test would be over­hauled for the first time in four decades and the new program rolled out across the state as early as next year.”

Mr Miles said Queens­land was lead­ing the way na­tion­ally on im­prov­ing out­comes for new driv­ers and PrepL had been de­vel­oped to en­sure the next gen­er­a­tion of driv­ers were as pre­pared as they could be be­fore hit­ting the road.

“Young driv­ers have a greater sus­cep­ti­bil­ity for risk-tak­ing be­hav­iours, suc­cumb­ing to peer pres­sure and other driver dis­trac­tions such as mo­bile phone use,” he said.

“Stu­dents won’t just learn the road rules with PrepL, they’ll learn why the rules ex­ist, and in a vir­tual en­vi­ron­ment, they will ex­pe­ri­ence the con­se­quences of poor driv­ing be­hav­iour.

“PrepL will en­sure that learn­ers not only know the road rules, but un­der­stand the im­pact of the Fa­tal Five: speed­ing, drink and drug driv­ing, fail­ure to wear a seatbelt, driv­ing while fa­tigued and dis­trac­tion.”


HI-TECH: Sun­shine Coast high school stu­dents will be among the first to trial a new online test for learner driv­ers that could re­place the pa­per tests for the first time in four decades.

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