ICBC, in partnership with the provincial government, TELUS and Project Whitecard Inc. has launched a new simulation and training tool for inexperienced drivers called Street Sense.
Street Sense is an interactive application designed to help learners, inexperienced drivers and drivers new to B.C. gain experience in recognizing and avoiding potential hazards on the road in a safe environment.
Novice drivers in B.C. are 1.5 times more likely to crash than experienced drivers and the number of drivers obtaining their learner’s licence in B.C. has increased by 24 per cent since 2020, according to ICBC.
Street Sense is available on multiple devices, including mobile app, web and computer download. It includes 15 scenarios based on conditions and situations specific to B.C.
One scenario involves merging into a multi-lane roundabout. The goal is to recognize the potential hazards and navigate through them all safely.
“With more British Columbians getting their driver’s licence than ever before, we encourage new drivers to use the Street Sense app as another tool to gain experience detecting hazards and keep them and others safe while behind the wheel,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC vice-president of customer experience and public affairs.