SmartWheels is a curriculum based program for students in grades 4 through 6 and is delivered in a modern, leading edge fully equipped mobile RV. The presentations are one hour long and are delivered by a MADD Canada Facilitator. On-screen video hosts introduce short video clips throughout the hour that describe the effects of alcohol and cannabis on developing brains and bodies and discusses impaired driving consequences. Students use individual tablets to respond to questions to reinforce the material covered. Students also participate in “choose your own adventure”-style decision-making scenarios using individual tablets. The outcome of each scenario depends on the individual student’s answers. Students then put on virtual reality goggles and see how it looks and feels to drive, while impaired by drugs or alcohol. They also see the personal story of one young victim of impaired driving.
So why is it important for students in grades 4, 5 & 6 to participate in the SmartWheels Program? SmartWheels raises students’ awareness about the risks of alcohol and drugs before they are exposed to them, influences responsible decision making and teaches safety strategies. Achieving these outcomes will result in better
informed youth who are significantly more likely to make positive, responsible decisions, resulting in fewer injuries and deaths among our most vulnerable road users.