Parkes High School students to learn more about road safety with SafeT360

CRUCIAL EXHIBITION: SafeT360 is an interactive custom-built road safety exhibition that uses virtual reality and interactive messaging all packed into a real travelling truck and trailer. Photo: Supplied.
CRUCIAL EXHIBITION: SafeT360 is an interactive custom-built road safety exhibition that uses virtual reality and interactive messaging all packed into a real travelling truck and trailer. Photo: Supplied.

Immersive road safety exhibition, SafeT360, is coming to Parkes High School next week to educate young road users around the state about how they can share the road safely with trucks.

Sadly, statistics show 16 - 25 year olds are the most overrepresented group of drivers involved in crashes on our roads.

SafeT360 puts young road users in the virtual driver's seat to show them how to stay safe on the road, giving practical insight and skills they don't get from learner driver logbooks.

Developed by the Australian Trucking Association, SafeT360 is an interactive custom-built road safety exhibition that uses virtual reality and interactive messaging all packed into a real travelling truck and trailer.

Proudly supported by Transport for NSW and Interlink Roads, the truck will visit students at Parkes High Schoolon Tuesday, March 16, as part of the exhibition's NSW tour.

SafeT360 Marketing and Engagement Coordinator, Kayla O'Brien, says the exhibition is dedicated to saving lives on our roads; with road deaths in regional and rural Australia an all too present danger.

"SafeT360 has one clear goal - to save lives," Ms O'Brien says.

"Whether in a regional or urban area, we all have a role to play in road safety and need to understand how to share the road safely with trucks."

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Ms O'Brien explains how the high-tech program works to improve safety among our youngest drivers.

"Using immersive virtual reality technology and interactive messaging, SafeT360 educates young road users by putting them in the virtual driver's seat.

"It provides the hands-on experience and knowledge that is not offered by learner driver programs.

"SafeT360 gives young road users an understanding where a truck's blind spots are, how long it takes a truck to stop, the dangers of distraction, and other tips about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe on the road," says Ms O'Brien.

The program, which will also visit Forbes High School, is an important way for students all across the state to better understand their responsibilities as drivers, and the company fully understands the importance of their mission.

"We are so excited to be connecting with young road users across NSW to spread our important road safety messages, in a fun and safe way," Ms O'Brien says.

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