RACQ has thrown its support behind the high-tech, safety focussed PrepL online course which would have students go through interactive modules focussed on topics including giving way, roundabout and the Fatal Five in order to graduate to their learner plates.
RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club welcomed the move to modernise road safety education.
“Moving away from the old written test and to an interactive online course is a sign of the times and a great initiative,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Young drivers aged between 17 and 24 years are a high-risk group in terms of crashes and fatalities so it’s vital they better understand the road rules and are able to safely operate a vehicle.”
Ms Ritchie said it was hoped the new initiative would improve retention and comprehension of information and avoid the habit of teenagers cramming for a one-off exam.
“PrepL is certainly going to challenge young drivers, especially as it may take more than three hours to complete, but we’re hoping it means learners develop a greater and more thorough understanding of the road rules,” she said.
Acting Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Steven Miles said the PrepL course meant drivers would be able to complete their learning anywhere, anytime and at their own pace.
If the trial was successful, PrepL could be rolled out as early as next year.