Premier John Brumby today launched a new 3D online driving simulation to help provide a more realistic experience for young Victorians preparing to sit their Learner Permit Test.
Mr Brumby was joined at St Helena Secondary College in Eltham North by Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas to take Year 10 students through the Drive iQ practice test and said it would help instil good road safety behaviour in 15 to 16 year olds learning to drive.
“We are always looking for new ways to engage with the next generation of young drivers and provide them with the best opportunities to learn about how to be safe on our roads,” Mr Brumby said.
“Drive iQ is the first practice learner test of its type in Australia, presenting road rule questions in a visually exciting, 3D environment.
“Presenting practice test items in Drive iQ’s will not only reinforce the road rules, but will also demonstrate the reasons why each rule is important for safe driving. Users will also be provided with helpful feedback if they select an incorrect answer.
“Young people make up just 13 per cent of licensed drivers, but they account for around 25 per cent of all driver fatalities. Our Government is committed to helping ensure our young Victorians are well prepared before they get behind the wheel for the first time.”
Mr Brumby said the current learner permit practice test presented questions using static images and multiple choice questions.
“The new 3D representation of real traffic situations will provide a learning platform where users can become immersed in the environment,” he said.
“Drive iQ is a great additional tool to help young people test their knowledge of the road rules before taking their formal Learner Permit Test.”
In Drive iQ’s virtual driving environment, users choose the colour of their car and then view a variety of different driving scenarios, each one followed by a multiple choice question about the road rules.
Mr Pallas said VicRoads was expanding the variety of tools available for people preparing for their learner permit test, providing a new dimension for learners to check their knowledge about a selection of the road rules.
“These new tools, along with the benefits of our successful Graduated Licensing System (GLS), will provide yet more road safety experience for young people learning to drive,” Mr Pallas said.
“Recognising the importance of experience, the GLS requires all learner drivers under 21 to obtain 120 hours of learner driver experience before applying for a probationary licence.”
The Road to Solo Driving handbook will remain the principle source of information for people studying for their learner permit. Drive iQ can be accessed at learnertest.vicroads.vic.gov.au