The Drive Community Toolkit makes studying for a licence exciting says a community leader. Find out more.
Learning to be a good driver is becoming more fun with a toolkit of educational games and activities helping more young people to stay on track towards gaining driver licences.
The Drive Community Toolkit was launched to community-based driver licensing service providers in 2018. Where possible, schools are encouraged to talk to their local provider about how they can work together to help young people get their driver licence.
One provider who trialled the toolkit is Eugene Ryder, a community leader whose mahi takes place alongside hard-to-reach communities to help young people reach their potential.
“Studying for a licence is boring, now this kit will make it exciting,” he says.
“It allows young people to interact with learning to drive in a way they’ve never been able to.”
The toolkit has interactive tools and resources that touch on every stage of the learning-to-drive process. There are guides, challenges and games, which solidifies road-code knowledge in a fun and social way. It also includes Drive VR, which simulates driving conditions through virtual reality, so learners feel better prepared for their practical tests.
The toolkit builds on the successful Drive website, which is a free learning tool designed with young people in mind. The website includes a free interactive, online road code to help students pass their learner’s test, as well as videos on the practical driving skills they need and plans for driving lessons.
Teachers can visit Drive to download driver licence teaching resources to suit student driving level. These include written, visual and practical elements to cater to a variety of learning styles.
The Drive Community toolkit won a “Gold Pin” in the Public Good category at the 2018 Best Design Awards. It was developed by the NZ Transport Agency and ACC, with funding from the Community Road Safety Fund, which distributes funds from the sale of personalised licence plates.
Since its launch, ACC Regional Injury Prevention Specialists have been working with members of the wider road safety community to distribute it to eligible organisations and programmes.
The toolkit is part of the wider Driver Community initiative, which assists organisations delivering driver-licensing programmes in the community.