World first driver train­ing

The Australian Education Reporter - - THE NATIONAL EDUCATION SUMMIT -

THIS year at The Ed­u­ca­tion Show, MYDRIVESCHOOL® will be of­fi­cially launched – the world’s first sim­u­la­tion game to teach peo­ple how to drive on­line. MYDRIVESCHOOL® is de­signed to bridge the gap be­tween the­ory and prac­ti­cal driver train­ing.

The pro­gram prom­ises to re­duce anx­i­ety for par­ents, OHS risks for in­struc­tors, and give ev­ery­one more con­fi­dence hand­ing over the keys for the first time.

Glob­ally road trauma is the lead­ing cause of death of peo­ple aged be­tween 15 – 29yo (ref: WHO).

In Aus­tralia fa­tal­ity rates have de­clined marginally year on year, how­ever se­ri­ous in­jury rates have es­ca­lated dis­pro­por­tion­ately.

Over the last 50 years every as­pect of road safety (roads, leg­is­la­tion, ve­hi­cle safety and med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion) has been im­proved ex­cept for the way we teach peo­ple how to drive. Sta­tis­ti­cally over 80 per cent of road trauma is caused by ‘driver er­ror’.

In de­vel­op­ment for over 6 years, the com­pany founder – Lisa Skaife – has used in­dus­try ex­perts in a va­ri­ety of fields in­clud­ing driver train­ing, sim­u­la­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, gam­ing and road safety to de­sign a game that the Pre-learn­ers (15-16yo) will want to use.

The pro­gram has been tested by more than 150 stu­dents with 98 per cent say­ing it was the ‘safest way to learn ba­sic skills be­fore get­ting into a car’.

Sadly in 2016, 264 peo­ple aged be­tween 17-25yo died on the road and 23 peo­ple drowned, and in pri­mary schools we have five years of swim­ming train­ing, how­ever we have NO manda­tory driver train­ing in sec­ondary schools.

It’s a life skill that over 94 per cent of stu­dents will re­quire, usu­ally on a daily ba­sis, yet not enough ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing is pro­vided.

The MYDRIVESCHOOL® pro­gram has grad­u­ated pass/fail mod­ules, in­creas­ing in dif­fi­culty to im­prove cog­ni­tive/in-cabin skills of stu­dents.

In re­sponse to com­ments about the cur­ricu­lum is al­ready be­ing too full, Founder Lisa Skaife says “The Stage 1 pro­gram takes be­tween 45mins – 1 hour to com­plete, to pre­pare them for one of the most dan­ger­ous pe­ri­ods of their life”.

And for roughly the same cost of a driv­ing les­son, stu­dents can use the pro­gram for a full year, and re­ceive a MYDRIVESCHOOL® cer­tifi­cate to prove they can at least steer, brake, turn and un­der­stand in­ter­sec­tions!

Ad­vice from ex­pe­ri­enced ed­u­ca­tors states that teenagers need to be al­lowed to make mis­takes, and learn from them in­de­pen­dently. This is the ba­sis for the whole MYDRIVESCHOOL® train­ing regime – to al­low users to make their mis­takes in a safe and con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment.

Also, as an ex­clu­sive at The Ed­u­ca­tion Show, the MYDRIVESCHOOL® team plan to do some BETA test­ing for their next new ‘Dis­trac­tion Man­age­ment Mod­ule’ which aims to prove to teenagers (and any­one else) that tex­ting whilst driv­ing is im­pos­si­ble, no mat­ter what your skill or ex­pe­ri­ence level.

The game takes users through a se­ri­ous of ex­er­cises, ask­ing them to com­plete whilst tex­ting, and com­pare the dif­fer­ence.

We look for­ward to see­ing the pro­grams, and hav­ing our guests see this world’s first in­no­va­tion in ac­tion at The Ed­u­ca­tion Show. Check them out at site A15.

Bring­ing driver train­ing into the 21st Cen­tury.

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