An RACT online road safety awareness and knowledge resource for grade three and four students has been unveiled today (19 October).

The “RACT RoadSafe” program is being launched at St Aloysius – and piloted at a small number of other schools – before being made available to all schools across the state next year.

RACT community manager Will Oakley said said young children were vulnerable road users.

“The RACT believes that teaching children at an early age is essential for improved road safety, both within a vehicle and around traffic,” he said.

Mr Oakley said the unique resource – a Tasmanian first – provided a tool to better explore road safety issues with primary school-aged aged children specifically in mind.

“It will also identify knowledge gaps on important road safety issues for individual students, classes, schools and regions,” he said.

“We will then be able to compile invaluable data to get a better understanding around what students know and do not know about road safety, and then tailor educational messages accordingly going forward.”

Mr Oakley said the resource was built for use in the classroom, for individuals to use on their own and for group-based learning.

“Teachers will be able to access a separate dashboard that provides an overview of the class’s progress, identifying areas that may require further attention,” he said.

The RACT is seeking expressions of interest from Tasmanian schools for 2018.