Toyota Get Home Safe High Schools Program

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The Foundation will continue to deliver the ground breaking schools and communities programs with the support from Save A Life Australia, Toyota Australia and Bendigo Bank.

Where many other organisations are only just realising the effect and value of virtual reality education, the Save a Life Australia team have had an extremely popular and effective program in place for many years.

This program is aimed at Year 10 students and uniquely, their parents.

Designed to address driver behaviours, the program highlights areas such as how to look after your mates, use of seatbelts, taking pride in responsible driving attitudes as well as the extremely experiential part of the sessions, which looks at how inattention through mobile phone use often ends in tragedy.

 

These sessions use a real vehicle, which makes for an extremely effective learning experience for students and even teachers! We know that this immersive, experiential style of learning is proven to be successful.

 

The sessions also tackle the subject of devastation experienced by parents, families, friends and even emergency services when driver and passenger behaviours result in life changing consequences.

A Crucial Road Safety Program - At A Crucial Time For Your School Community

The Get Home Safe Foundation, Toyota Australia, Save A Life Australia, and Bendigo Bank have come together to deliver a proven road awareness program to students, parents and the wider communities around South Australia.

Our program, delivered exclusively for us by Save A Life Australia is aimed at Year 10 students; this is the year that most students will either be on their Learner's permit or about to get it. The timing of this program is crucial, as we know that a Learner with the right attitude should develop into a safe and responsible driver. Smaller schools can include older year groups where practicable.

Our program goes beyond the students. Research shows that many Learner drivers develop bad habits and gain incorrect road law knowledge from parents. With this in mind we have developed an information session for all parents and supervising drivers. The session addresses many areas of the Learner process including how to look for the right Driving Instructor, how to be a better supervising driver and changes in road law. We also discuss choosing the right vehicle and strategies to keep safe on the road once the Learner gains his / her P Plates. The parents' session is delivered in the evening to allow working parents to attend.

Save A Life Australia has enjoyed working relationships with SA Police and the Metro Fire Service Road Awareness Program (RAP).

The RAP sessions from the MFS are delivered across South Australia to Year 11 students. Our Year 10 program has been designed to compliment the RAP presentation and serves as a perfect lead into the P Plate phase of the students' driving lives. This will allow your students to experience the appropriate programs in Year 10 and then in Year 11.

There is no cost to schools. Toyota Australia and Bendigo Bank will be funding the program. Toyota and Bendigo Bank have an ongoing commitment to the safety and prosperity of local communities and this is yet another example of their excellent policies.

The program is designed to avoid major disruption of the school day. Therefore, session times can be adapted to run with school timetable. For example, if school lessons are 45 minutes long, we can run our sessions for 45 minutes.

Groups can be as small as one or as large as 200 depending on facilities available. We use a real car for the students' sessions so would need an area that would fit a vehicle in (as well as the group of students). The area must be out of the elements (wind, rain, sun, etc) and we need access to one domestic power point.

The program consists of two main elements

 Evening Session

 Parents / guardians / carers

 teachers / road safety stakeholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A presentation and discussion with parents of future and current Learner drivers as well as parents of young drivers already on their Ps, teachers, MPs and any interested road safety stakeholders. Points covered include:

  • Changes in Road Law

  • How to choose the right Instructor

  • How to be better supervising drivers for the Learners

  • Role model behaviours from Parents

  • How to choose safer cars

  • Strategies to keep new drivers safer once on their P Plates

  • Look after your mates

  • Be intelligent passengers

 School Day Sessions

 Students

 

 

Sessions to be held at the school will mainly be aimed at the Year 10 groups. However, smaller schools can include older age groups if possible. The school student sessions are based around the use of Australia's first virtual reality educational driving simulator that is connected to a real car. Points covered include:

  • Perspective of the Police regarding keeping young drivers safe

  • Experience of losing a friend

  • Consequences of not wearing seatbelts

  • Positive Driving - The art of advanced defensive mindsets for drivers

  • View from the driver's seat - a look at how so many dangers are hard to see

  • Inattention - Driving while using mobile phones etc

  • Looking after your mates

  • How to be intelligent passengers

Evidence

Results taken from student surveys indicate that the students have a very positive experience and leave the sessions with excellent attitudes. Here are two sample results from students' questionnaires following the joint Save A Life Australia and SAPOL program delivered to metro and regional schools in recent years.

  1. I understand the concepts of hazard perception and risk identification.

    • Agree 99.34%

    • Disagree 0.66%

  2. I understand the importance of limiting risky behaviour to keep myself and passengers safe in a vehicle.

    • Agree 99.34%

    • Disagree 0.66%

The evidence data has been collated from sessions held within Adelaide Metro schools; Urrbrae High School, Windsor Gardens College, Murray Bridge, St Pauls College, St Mary's College. Rural schools consisted of Waikerie High School, Naracoorte High School and Roxby Downs.

We are confident that students, their parents and indeed the wider school community will benefit by experiencing what has been described as a ground breaking and very experiential program.

Our simulator system has been used by SA Police to launch inattention campaigns and by the Motor Accident Commission as part of the highly acclaimed Inattention Road Show.

It has also featured on many news and current affairs programs across Australia.

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