Using driver courses at school

Go cart and race club driving, driving on off-road tracks and skid pans, and defensive driving courses have little or no positive effect on improving road user behaviour. In fact they can lead to an increase in risky behaviours.

Learning about traffic laws, driving simulators, wearing fatal vision goggles (beer goggles) also have no real impact on changing or improving young people's behaviours. They also are not relevant to the curriculum.

The best place for learner drivers to achieve basic driving skills is in the real traffic environment in a real motor vehicle under the supervision of an experienced driver or instructor.

We do not recommend the above practices in NSW public schools.

Transport for NSW has developed the Safer Drivers Course as a best practice model for learner drivers in NSW.

Source: What doesn't work for young road users and why, Road Safety Education, Victoria 2013

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