This morning, I was invited to battle against the Traffic Police in a bid to be crowned the RoadPro Champion 2015!
My heart starts pounding whenever I hear Traffic Police or TP. So, I was a bit nervous about playing against them in a RoadPro game. What if I got a penalty?! My girl asked if I was being punished? No, I answered. I was being invited to test out their new game. I asked the only “pro” I know to coach me — my son!
What is RoadPro?
RoadPro is an edu-tainment app developed by the Traffic Police (TP) to help road users be more aware of the RoadSense movement. The movement aims to develop a culture where road users, whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, motorists or drivers to have empathy for the other users they share the roads with .
The RoadPro app is designed to help players discover their road personality profiles and understand how their attitudes and behaviours might affect others on the road. There aretwo components to this app: a road personality profile test and a game component.
Road Personality Test
You have to answer a set of 12 questions in your Road Profile. The questions are based off the DiSC behaviour assessment tool which centres on four different behavioural traits: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness, as well as the 3 aspects that make up RoadSense (Self, Others, and Environment).In terms of accuracy, the DiSC model is considered a reliable and valid assessment tool by psychologists.
Based on the users’ responses, they will receive one out of a possible eight Road User profiles or archetypes: Cheerleader, Iceman, Cowboy, Guardian, Monitor, Professor, Explorer, and Ninja.
It turns out that I am an Explorer and this is what is said of my archetype:
“You’re curious, friendly and outgoing. In fact, you thrive in social situations and are keen to explore the unknown. For you, the road is an opportunity to discover. This adventurous side is why you’re such as a great traveller. However, while you enjoy learning new things your enthusiasm to explore can cause you to be impulsive and compromise your ability to make good decisions on the road.”
RoadPro Game — My Personal Experience
The aim of the game is to stay on the roads as long as you can. There are three game levels (plus a bonus) where players experience being a pedestrian, cyclist, motorist and motorcyclist. At each level, you’ll encounter various challenges throughout the scenarios and the longer you last the more difficult it gets.
With my son coaching me last night, it took me a few tries to get the hang of it. The instructions are quite simple. You swipe up to start or resume, tap and hold to slow down and double tap to stop.
Unlike the other games, the situations are different with every new start of the game. So, you have to stay alert to look out for walking pedestrians, stray dogs crossing the zebra crossing, balls bouncing off the sidewalks or kittens on the walkway.
The most difficult level for me was the “Courier Express” level where you drive a vehicle. I swear that I am a much better driver in real life than digitally. It was difficult to gauge the stopping distance and I kept getting the unsafe sudden stop signals. Or I will crash because I misjudge the turning point.
All in all, it was great fun learning from my son. He responded in kind by sharing that he learnt how to slow down for the road users. I thought the game offers a good platform to discuss road safety issues with my kids, especially now when they are becoming road users.
I want to thank the Singapore Road Safety Council for inviting us to participate in this life-saving event, as well as Officer Khai (in dark blue uniform) and Officer Terence Tan (in white uniform) for being so sporting to play with us.
Guess who got crowned the RoadPro Champion 2015?!
Yes! It is none other than my son. This is the only time that I encourage him to keep playing on the iPad. We received our awards by Mr. Mark Chow, Senior Manager Singapore Road Safety Council.
You can download the game at the Google Play Store and Apple Store. Search for “RoadPro”
13 Nov (Fri) – 10am to 8pm
14 Nov (Sat) – 11am to 8pm
15 Nov (Sun) – 11am to 7pm
Admission is FREE and there are complimentary bus service from Ang Mo Kio, Jurong East and Tampines.