Could your driving make you a star?

That's the question the NSW government is asking ahead of a campaign to put cameras in the cars of its citizens. Maniacs with a lead foot who dream of being the next Mark Webber need not apply, however, as this project is all about road safety. 

The Centre for Road Safety is pioneering the scheme, and needs volunteers to have their driving recorded for the sake of studying driver habits around the state. Will you be putting your hand up?

From the road to reality TV

The plan is to record a natural view of driver behaviour on the state's roads that will then be used to help experts work out where motorists can improve. A number of institutions around NSW will be involved, as roughly 360 vehicles will be included in the study.

Researchers are expecting to capture around four months' worth of footage from each car to get a comprehensive overview of the drivers' habits. This should benefit fleet managers, as the country is likely to have improved motorists at the end of it.

"The idea is to give road safety researchers a better understanding of driver behaviour, how people interact with their vehicle, the road environment and other road users. Importantly, it will provide crucial information on what happens before, during and after a crash or near miss," said Manager for Road Safety and Transport for NSW, John Wall. 

"These insights will help road safety experts better understand exactly what goes on when people are behind the wheel, and will hopefully provide a clearer picture of the behaviours that are currently difficult to measure, such as driver distraction and fatigue."

The study is hoping to make the roads a safer place for all motorists through this research, as it should be able to pinpoint where drivers are going wrong and how they can improve. 

Safe driving rewards P-Plate drivers

Even if your driving doesn't make you a star, safe actions behind the wheel could provide benefits in a whole host of different ways. Some of the Northern Territory's most inexperienced drivers will be targeted by a new program that will reward them with a free licence for 10 years if they can keep a clean track record. 

"We know that last year, 466 P-Plate drivers were caught doing the wrong thing - offences ranged from drink driving to speeding over the 100km/h designated limit," Minister for Transport Peter Chandler said.

"The Country Liberals Government is committed to driving that figure down by offering a free 10 year open licence for those who maintain an unblemished record during their provisional licence period."