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Road Risks – Your Choice

Resource overview

All these activities have been designed to promote the main road safety messages related to the central themes of risk taking, decision making and personal responsibility. For current statistical information visit the Centre for Road Safety website.

Related curriculum

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Years 7 to 10.

Teacher and student resources

The Introduction provides information on how to use the 16 activities within the resource. There are separate teacher information sheets and student worksheets for each activity.

Activity 1: Sizzling Stats

Students explore road safety statistics and analyse contributing factors to crashes.

Additional information

This activity is designed to complement other statistics related to health issues such as nutrition, drug use and sexual health.

Activity 2: Sizzling Stats on CD

Students explore national road safety statistics and analyse contributing factors using an interactive question and answer approach.

Additional information

In this group task, students analyse road crash statistics for different road user groups and states, comparing results to evaluate the highest risk categories.

Activity 3: What's the risk?

Students identify and evaluate risky situations and propose strategies to minimise harm.

Additional information

Students learn to recognise, plan for and minimise the risks they face in this activity, which challenges their belief that nothing bad can happen to them.

Activity 4: Risky choices

Students examine a variety of risky scenarios, assess the risk involved, and make informed decisions to minimise the harm.

Additional information

This activity enables students to plan their responses to different road safety situations that they find themselves in, to best minimise harm to themselves and others.

Activity 5: Play your part

Students practise effective communication to enhance their safety in a variety of risk situations.

Additional information

Faced with different scenarios, students work in pairs to respond to proposed risks, with each student outlining the consequences of their decisions.

Activity 6: What's your view?

Students examine a road safety environment from a range of perspectives to identify risk situations for passengers, pedestrians, wheels users and future drivers.

Additional information

These situations require students to investigate a road safety event just before it happens. Students scan the scene to find potential risks from a collection of possibilities.

Activity 7: Risk PI

Students recognise and suggest strategies to minimise harm associated with risk factors in a variety of traffic environments.

Additional information

After watching a selection of videos, students perform an interactive investigation and answer road safety related questions.

Activity 9: The 4 Imps – Future driver

Students explore a number of human characteristics that contribute to high-risk behaviours and suggest strategies to minimise harm in scenarios related to future drivers.

Additional information

The human characteristics of impatience, improvisation, impulsiveness and impunity provide students with a framework to discuss risk taking behaviour.

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Activity 10: Create a commercial

Students create a road safety commercial with key messages promoting safe behaviour to their peers.

Additional information

Students choose characters, develop a plot, write a script, select locations or backgrounds and produce a commercial, which is presented to their peers for group discussion.

Activity 11: Debating the issues

Students explore road safety issues using a range of debating approaches.

Additional information

Debate topics have been selected so that students can explore issues of gender and safety on wheels, as well as a range of health concerns for young people.

Activity 12: Use your head

Students participate in hands on experiences to explore issues related to protective equipment.

Additional information

These practical experiments using eggs, tomatoes, polystyrene cups, playdough and ribbon show students the dangers they face if they do not use a helmet or wear a twisted seatbelt.

Activity 13: Safety jeopardy

Students identify and recall information about road safety using a quiz format, applying the information to construct road safety stories and plans.

Additional information

Teams of students play a game and score points by answering quiz-style questions. Teams choose from different categories and select questions of different degrees of difficulty.

Activity 14: Safety jeopardy on CD

Students identify and recall information about road safety using a quiz format, applying the information to construct road safety stories and plans.

Additional information

This interactive game stimulates students to discuss road safety rules, attitudes, risks and protective equipment to minimise harm.

Activity 15: In my backyard

Students investigate potential hazards in their local area and report on suggested strategies for reducing risk.

Additional information

After identifying local black spots, students form groups and prepare reports including surveys, photos and traffic counts to present to the rest of the class.

Activity 16: Order! Order!

Students explore the consequences of risky behaviour using an interactive sequencing activity.

Additional information

This interactive activity allows students to develop comic strips from a variety of action tiles showing a range of behaviour from high safety to dangerous scenarios.

Last update: 9th August 2016