Australia’s safest driving school: A safe driver’s guide
The Wall St. Journal article BY MARK ROBINSON | December 30, 2018 7:03pmUpdated December 30th, 2018 10:02pmAustralia’s safest driver’s school is now an online learning platform.
The Australian Driving School’s curriculum has been developed by the Australian Research Council, which is working with the Federal Government and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
The program is the culmination of a 10-year partnership between the Australian Government and its national driving school program, the National Driving School.
“It’s the best way to start learning, to develop your driving skills and to get to grips with driving, which will allow you to get on a car that can do more,” the agency’s director of research and innovation, Dr Daniel O’Connor, told the WSJ.
The Australian Driving Schools program has more than 8,000 drivers, and the agency says its students make up more than 20 percent of all driving school enrolments in Australia.
The AFP is also investing $1.5 million into the program, which was launched in 2017.
“We want to continue to make the driving school as accessible as possible, and to be able to continue supporting its drive to make Australia the safest place in the world to drive,” AFP spokesman David Lai said in a statement.
The program has been expanded to include a focus on the road safety of the young driver.
“Drivers should know they can expect to see increased road safety from the time they take their first breath on the roads,” the program’s website says.
“If they have not yet completed the driving curriculum, they can continue to receive support throughout their driving school.”
In a statement, the Federal Police said the program was being launched “to help improve safety on Australian roads”.
“The AFP encourages all drivers to make a safe and responsible choice of a driving course that provides the skills they need to safely and effectively drive on our roads,” it said.
“This includes knowing the best ways to reduce risks, take action and avoid collisions.”