Safe Drive Training developed the Real Fatal 4 Factors in Novice Driver Crashes in 1999. It is our belief these 4 factors are the underlying reason why so many novice drivers are killed on Australian roads.
Whilst certain vehicle control skills might assist in the seconds before an impact, the Real Fatal 4 Factors are behaviours which create the dangerous situation in the first place. Empowering novice drivers to understand these factors can assist with better decisions minutes (not seconds) before the potential crash.
Where are the courses conducted?
For 2021 programs are available in the following Australian locations:
CAIRNS (QLD): Cairns Speedway or Springmount Dragstrip
TOWNSVILLE (QLD): 1300SMILES (Cowboys) Stadium
PROSERPINE (QLD): Whitsunday Driver Training Centre
MACKAY (QLD): Palmyra Dragstrip
ROCKHAMPTON:CQLX Gracemere Saleyards
GLADSTONE:No suitable venue exists
EMERALD: Go-kart Track
ROMA (QLD): Ironbark Raceway
BRISBANE (QLD)- 2 venues
Willowbank Raceway Training Centre
RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence (Mt. Cotton)
TOOWOOMBA (QLD): Greer Park Raceway (Helidon)
WARWICK (QLD): Warwick Dragstrip
LISMORE (NSW): Lismore Driver Training Centre (TBC)
GRAFTON (NSW): Mountain View Hillclimb Track
ARMIDALE (NSW): Armidale Traffic Education Centre
TAMWORTH (NSW): Oakburn Park (TBC)
How do schools enrol in the Safe Drive Test Drive Course?
Your school might need to modify these forms under the following circumstances:
if you want to collect all monies at the school (and not have students paying SDT directly or by cheques)
if you are making this a GST exempt school excursion
if you have funding/subsidy from sponsors, parents committees or local community organization (Lions, Apex, Rotary)
Students from participating schools should return the enrolment form and full payment to the course coordinator at your school (unless instructed otherwise).
Does the course count towards logbook hours?
Amazingly, Queensland Transport does not recognize attendance at any defensive/advanced driving courses as counting towards the 100 hours of logbook experience required by L-plate drivers. Therefore the hours of essential driving theory and practical skills training undertaken at this course cannot be credited towards your logbook hours. Participants at this course will be asked to sign a petition to change this decision.
Students are invited to purchase a Safety Pack as an optional extra.
SAFE DRIVING PLEDGE
The Safe Driving Pledge is a committment to safe driving that a novice driver can make to their parent's. This document can be downloaded, discussed, enacted and placed in a visible location to remind the novice driver of the pledge they have made.