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Road Safety

Every week around five people are killed and almost 100 are seriously injured on Victoria’s roads. The economic cost of road trauma is estimated to be more than $3 billion a year to the Victorian community.

In 2012, young drivers aged between 18 and 25 years made up 23% of all driver fatalities, despite accounting for approximately 12% of all licence holders. Research indicates that young drivers are at greater risk- in fact they are 30 times more likely to crash when they first start driving on their Ps because they are inexperienced and are more likely to take risks on the road.

Each and every person on our roads also has a role to play in the road safety effort. Play your part in reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

 

Strategies

Encourage children to get their learner permit when turning 16 or soon after. The longer they hold their learner permit, the more practice they will get. Gaining lots of supervised on-road experience and practising key safe driving behaviours can help to reduce young people's crash risk once licensed.

The best thing that supervising drivers can do is give learners lots of on-road experience. Learner drivers aged under 21 years must complete a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving experience (including at least 10 hours at night) before they can take the licence test. Learner permit holders must have a fully licensed (not probationary) driver seated beside them at all times while driving.

 

Useful Resources

Road Safety Education Victoria

The Ultimate Guide to Road Safety Apps

Any app that's capable of improving road safety and reducing the number of collisions is worth considering. Road accidents and deaths are a worldwide issue, and although some countries have higher levels of reported incidents than others, there's little doubt the number of accidents on the road is too high, wherever you may live.

Technology is ever-present in our daily lives, especially when it comes to driving. Statistics suggest that drivers using hand-held devices are up to four times more likely to be involved in a car accident.

While our smartphones often act as distractions and can actually cause collisions, they can also reduce the level of risk and promote safer driving through the use of apps. This guide looks at the main areas of road safety where apps are available to help you be a safer driver. http://www.injuryclaimcoach.com/road-safety-apps.html 

Road safety education is the program of educational activities around road safety that should be provided to children and young people in formal and community education settings – early childhood services, primary and secondary schools. 
Road safety education seeks to develop the behaviours and attitudes for safe road use relevant to the development of children and young people as passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and as novice drivers.
Programs include: Fit To Drive, Keys Please, Connecting the Dots, and more.

http://www.roadsafetyeducation.vic.gov.au

www.keys2drive.com.au

An Australian government funded program. Free driving lesson, driving instructor accreditation & support for young drivers, parents & instructors.