Regional Roads Victoria Acting Regional Director Brad Pryor said 50 students would spend the day taking part in controlled driving sessions at the Stawell Airport, building on their existing skills and knowledge behind the wheel.

“For young people in rural areas, getting your licence is a major milestone in most young peoples’ lives – it opens up major opportunities in terms of education, work and social activities,” Mr Pryor said. 

“The Road Smart program gives students the opportunity to drive a car with an accredited instructor and experience situations similar to those they could come across on the road.” 

“It’s important for young people to understand shared driver responsibility and how every decision can affect their own safety and the safety of other road users.” 

Mr Pryor said the Stawell Secondary College students would be the first in western Victoria to take part in the in-car, off-road component of the Road Smart program. 

“Generally speaking, P1 probationary drivers have the highest risk of being involved in crashes on our roads, so it’s vital that we make sure young drivers are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to stay safe when they’re getting behind the wheel of a car,” he said.    

So far this year more 294 schools across Victoria have taken part in the Transport Accident Commission-funded program as part of the Victorian Government’s $146-million Towards Zero Young Driver Safety Package.  

The program consists of four key parts including an interactive classroom session, eLearning modules for students and supervising drivers, an in-car session and a teacher resource tool kit.