ICBC has partnered up with the provincial government, Telus and Project Whitecard Inc., to launch a new simulation app to teach new drivers to recognize and avoid hazards on the road.

The app, Street Sense, includes 15 scenarios based on conditions and situations specific to B.C.

ICBC says the goal is to help pre-drivers, inexperienced drivers and drivers new to B.C. learn to spot and avoid potential hazards on the road in a safe, online environment.

Novice drivers in B.C. are 1.5 times more likely to crash than drivers over 25 with five or more years of driving experience, ICBC said. Since 2020, the number of drivers obtaining their learner’s license in B.C. has increased by 24 per cent.

“With more British Columbians getting their driver’s license 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,” Lindsay Matthews, ICBC Vice President, Customer Experience and Public Affairs said in the news release.

ICBC also shared a demonstration video where the user faces several of the available scenarios.

Street sense is now available on mobile, web, and computer download via Steam and is coming soon on Oculus Quest. See more here.