The Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership has produced a new virtual reality 360o hazards perception film to help new drivers and riders learn to ‘react to situations before they unfold’.
The ‘thought provoking’ 12-minute HazardAware360 film is designed to improve awareness of ‘the many possible driving distractions encountered on even a short drive’.
While the film is aimed primarily at new and learner drivers, it is also said to be useful for all road users including cyclists, passengers and pedestrians – to help them ‘appreciate the sheer volume of information a driver has to continually process and assess while at the wheel’.
The scenarios in HazardAware360 begin gradually, with more hazards and distractions added as it progresses. Viewers are first asked to observe each scenario and mentally note any hazards or distractions they feel are significant. Each scene is then played again, with the hazards identified in real-time.
HazardAware360 supports Hertfordshire’s annual Learn 2 Live roadshow, which in 2018 has reached more than 7,000 students with 20 events across the county. Learn 2 Live is designed to help young people develop strategies to reduce their risk of injury on the road.
Learn 2 Live 2018 is described as a ‘true partnership event’ with speakers from roads policing, the fire and rescue service, trading standards – along with ‘poignant talks’ from the survivor of a ‘horrific incident’ on the road, and a bereaved father who suffered the loss of his daughter.
For further information about the new film and/or the Learn 2 Live programme, contact Katherine Ware.