Students across Victoria now have access to a new interactive road safety program. The in-school Road Smart Interactive program is designed to boost road safety education in all Victorian secondary schools.
It is delivered in partnership with Museums Victoria and will be facilitated by skilled road safety educators.
The interactive program uses the latest immersive technology. This helps guide students through a series of educational exercises aimed at teaching young people about road safety.
Students learn about safe road environments, safe vehicles and explore the impacts of crash forces. Students also test their knowledge of road safety issues like speed, drink driving and distractions.
Free for all schools
Road Smart Interactive is free for all secondary schools across Victoria. It targets Year 9, 10 and 11 students and those undertaking the VCE Vocational Major – helping to shape the next generation of safe road users.
A highlight of the program is a virtual reality road trip exploring the history of road safety in Victoria. It also helps discover what a future with zero road deaths and serious injuries would look like.
The program features elements adapted from the award-winning Road to Zero Experience at Melbourne Museum. This includes the use of immersive digital and virtual reality experiences.
It was established in 2018 as part of the Government’s $146 million Young Driver Safety Package. The Road to Zero complex has attracted almost 200,000 visitors during its first five years of operation.
Road Smart Interactive and Road to Zero are part of a suite of road safety programs and initiatives being delivered under the Road Safety Education Victoria partnership.
“We’re making sure school students across the state have access to engaging, evidence-based road safety programs and resources that help the next generation to stay safe on our roads,” said the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Melissa Horne. “The earlier we can start a conversation around road safety, whether that be in classrooms or at home, the better-equipped our young Victorians will be to use the roads safely.”