Sandown Drive Days to return in 2013

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) will host the third Sandown Drive Days in 2013. The hands-on event is scheduled to be held at Sandown Racecourse on 7–8 March next year and will showcase all the latest in transport technology.

Accoridng to Phil Lovel, VTA Executive Director, the Sandown Drive Days showcase the advances made in vehicle safety, productivity and technology in a practical setting. “The Sandown Drive Days event is becoming renowned in the industry as the only interactive, hands-on event that truly demonstrates the latest technologies and innovations in our industry,” he said.

The event will again include working demonstrations of trucks, trailers, vans, cars and motorcycles – inlcuding the latest advances in technology, workplace safety solutions and best practice maintenance, as well as sessions on motorcycle safety, PBS vehicles and bulk tanker emergency response.

The program is divided into four key streams:

On-track driving: Delegates will experience some of the latest developments and innovations including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control first-hand. With both a heavy vehicle session and a high tech passenger cars and vans session to choose from, delegates will have the opportunity to drive or be a passenger in these vehicles.

Technology demonstrations: This stream will display the latest technology to manage fleets and to deliver safety and productivity improvements. It will involve a series of practical demonstrations and use industry case studies focusing on fleet management, driver management, vehicle management and co-operative ITS.

Safety and productivity demonstrations: Experience the latest in innovation and safety equipment. The stream will involve a series of practical demonstrations with particular attention to safe work solutions, PBS vehicles, trailer safety and loading.

Maintenance workshops: This stream will look at all aspects of heavy vehicle maintenance with a focus on brakes and suspension, tyres and rims, engine maintenance and servicing, replacement parts, service frequency and maintenance schemes. Conducted in a workshop style environment, attendees will participate and discuss the details with experts as well as examine workshop and test equipment.

Each stream will consist of a series of three-hour sessions repeated twice on Thursday (9am – noon and 1pm – 4pm) and once during Friday morning. Each session will have a different audience and a central briefing location where attendees will be given an overview of the stream before getting involved in a range of hands-on activities.

Delegates will be invited to purchase tickets to a stream or multiple streams of their choice, giving them the flexibility to attend those workshops relevant to their area of interest.

Tickets will be available on the Sandown Drive Days website early in the New Year.

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