Year 10 and 11 participated in Safe Driving workshops this week.
The Year 10 students took part in the VicRoads Keys Please program which offered information and practical ideas for students on how to best use the learning to drive period, get 120 hours of practice and become safe drivers.
Keys Please is an education session run by a Vicroads presenter and during the session students found out about: Why young drivers are at risk and why driving experience is so important. The importance of learning to drive in stages, from simple tasks on quiet roads to more difficult drives in all sorts of road, weather and traffic conditions. The importance of developing a positive partnership between learners and their parents, including tips for managing stress, working with driving instructors and risks for new drivers.
The Year 11 students took part in the Fit 2 Drive Workshop half-day session. The workshop experience supports students to make good decisions when faced with risky driving situations, both as passengers, and in terms of their future driving safety. F2D is about changing attitudes and behaviours - not their driving skills. The workshop helps young people by using active learning methods that draw upon their own experiences, to develop a respect and pride for safe road use. The road to empowerment is fostered through the small group facilitation undertaken by specially trained tertiary undergraduates.
The overall purpose of the F2D Year 11 Workshop is to reduce youth road trauma. The Year 11 Workshop included activities identified as being effective with young people in education programs designed to change behaviour. These included: Providing opportunities to rehearse behaviours and problem solving strategies Guided discussion to reinforce and check beliefs, test normative beliefs, etc. Using scenarios to stimulate discussion, to consider the costs and benefits of safe and risky behaviour, and as a vehicle for rehearsing safe behaviours, planning strategies, problem solving, etc. Providing opportunities for interaction and sharing ideas – role plays, pair, small and large group discussions. In addition, there were presentations about the issues for young drivers and passengers including a Victoria Police presentation and a real life case study delivered by emergency services personnel. At the culmination of the F2D workshop the young people develop a Personal Plan involving strategies and things they would say and do in dangerous situations in order to stay safe on the roads.