Road Safety Coordinators from South Canterbury, Ashburton and Waitaki have joined with Smallbone Holden Limited Timaru to fund this event.
Learning to drive is a fun but risky business.
Road crashes are one of the leading causes of death and serious injury for young people with youth vehicle accident fatalities in New Zealand among the highest in the OECD.
Street Smart is a world-class best practice cognitive based driver programme that aims to positively influence the lives of young kiwis across the country.
Street Smart is not your traditional defensive driving, classroom lesson or school based environment. We’re a one-day event, offering a practical hands-on learning experience and providing young drivers and their parents/caregivers the opportunity to undertake supervised driving practice. This provides the parent the opportunity to also assess themselves, in order to be a better coach and mentor to their teen.
Street Smart has a focus on developing good decision-making strategies for safe driving, including self-assessment and learning, reading the road environment, resisting peer pressure, managing or eliminating distractions and planning ahead. Behind the wheel for the majority of the day, you’ll experience situations you may not already have faced in your driving journey but could be a real world situation at some stage during your driving life.
Street Smart takes place in safe, controlled, off-the-road environments, under the watchful eye of qualified coaches, who will help teach you their many years of learnings. While our venues are racetrack circuits, there is no racing involved and everything is conducted under normal road rules and conditions.
Our aim is to give you better understanding of where you are in your driving journey, so that you can leave Street Smart as a safer and more aware driver but most importantly where you may need further instruction through the help of your parent / caregiver as mentor or via driving lessons from a qualified driving instructor.