Monday, November 1, 2010

Teaching Children Road Safety

At Galmatic we have a strong belief that education is the key to making drivers safer and more skilled on our roads.
So when is it the right time to teach young drivers basic road rules?
As mums, the Galmatic trainers know that driver training stats from a baby’s first trip in the car home from hospital. Every trip a child takes helps them to build a lifetime of driving habits.

We were very excited to hear of a program designed to teach primary school children all about road rules and pedestrian safety.
We spoke to Sonia Hawkins from RAPS about their school program.

Sonia, what are the programs run by RAPS all about?
While Pedestrian deaths make up 20% of all road accidents, about 95% are caused by the drivers. RAPS are committed to educating children about these potential dangers on the road. We provide awareness to school age children of the danger of being a pedestrian and educate them how to remain safe. Prevention is our number one priority, and our hands on program enables children to be more aware of these dangers, while having fun at the same time.

How does the RAPS program work?
RAPS for Kids is committed to the promotion of pedestrian safety for school aged children by fostering awareness of the dangers of being a pedestrian and giving direction to becoming and remaining safe pedestrians. RAPS for kids is a mobile traffic course consisting of a pedestrian crossing with operational traffic signals, 'children crossing' flags and 'lollypop' pedestrian crossing signs. The mobile unit also involves the use of mini cars to simulate 'real' traffic conditions for the children. Each child will have the opportunity to participate as a pedestrian, traffic controller and as a driver.

So if your kids are at primary school make sure you get this fabulous program to come your local primary school. You can contact Sonia via the RAPS website.

And a Big Thanks To You!

Ever forgotten about a friend or relatives birthday and suddenly needed a gift for them…… But couldn’t get away from the kids or your desk? And now with Christmas around the corner, what to do!??? Well the answer to these dilemmas could come in the form of a website called, which, with almost 2000 Australia wide gift experiences to choose from, is fast becoming the largest experience gift website in Australia. Chief BigThanker (cockney rhyming pun intended) Stuart Norman tells us more.

BigThanks. Strange name. Tell us how you came up with it.
Well, the original name for the website was going to be SEAL, as in SEa, Air and Land Adventures. We ripped off the name from the American Special Forces Navy SEALs. We had this silly logo with a stupid seal waving in the background and it just started looking really corny, so we binned the whole idea. Then one day one of our directors said he needed to “give one his staff a big thanks” and the penny just dropped. We had our new name! We do tend to have to spell our name out to people over the phone though. We’ve been mistakenly called everything from “Big Tanks”, “Big Fangs”, “Big Tans”…….

Do you have any competitions running at the moment that we can share with our Galmatic members?
As a matter of fact yes we do! Here at BigThanks we aren’t above buying friends. So until the end of December we will be running our “$100 for 100 Friends” prize giveaway. For every 100 Facebook friends we have we will give away a $100 BigThanks gift voucher that can be used to purchase any of the 2000 gift experiences we have across Australia. To get involved simply visit our BigThanks Facebook Page Here and press the “Like” button. We also ask all of our Facebook Friends to suggest us to their friends to keep the ball rolling.

And like we ask all our Galmatic friends, what is your dream car?
Well I am a huge motorsport fan and I am known to some of my friends as a bit of a car snob. I’ve currently got a Nissan GTR and a heavily modified Datsun 260Z that I play around with at track days and tarmac rallies. But I guess my dream car would be something like a Porsche 997 GT3 RS. The new Ferrari 458 seems nice too. But if I was to have to pick something practical then it would have to be a BMW M3. Supercar performance with 4 seats!

In terms of vintage cars though I’d really like a nice 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback one day!