Terra Sancta College students have abandoned the impression that driving is ‘cruisy’ after their encounter with Youthsafe’s road safety program.
The visit was part of a four week driver education program for year 10 students, from the Schofields campus, who have also completed the Roads and Maritime Services computer-based tests to prepare for their licence.
Samantha Mansweto, 15, was the ‘driver’ in an activity that got students to focus on maintaining attention on the road.
‘‘We had to look at all the road safety signs and we had people distracting us to see if we’d keep our eyes on the road,’’ she said.
‘‘It was difficult. We’ve been doing all of the safety tests, but this makes it more relevant.
‘‘I think it’s good for everyone to do at around 15.’’
Christina Monteleone, 15, was the distractor in the road safety exercise.
‘‘I didn’t realise how dangerous it was to have so many passengers in the car, especially with music going as well,’’ she said.
‘‘I think it will make you think more deeply about if you should get in a car or who you’re taking in a car.’’
Leader of learning, Stage 5, Tony Green said the majority of year 10 students at the school had yet to get their licence.
‘‘In terms of road safety, they have no concept of what it’s like to be a driver,’’ he said.
‘‘They don’t know how a vehicle handles, they don’t know what it’s like to drive with a whole group of people in the car and how that changes how the car operates.
‘‘It’s just not a piece of paper they get to get them on the road, they need to practice and learn how to drive.
‘‘They think driving is such a simple process but it’s not. There’s so much it entails.’’