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Limiting risks, protecting lives – Choices for novice drivers and their passengers

Resource overview

This resource for Stages 5 and 6 (Years 10 and 11) Student Wellbeing encourages students to analyse their attitudes and behaviours as drivers and passengers, with a wide range of questions to promote deeper thinking and knowledge. Modules include research on statistical road crash data relating to speed, how to get your driver licence, strategies to become low-risk drivers and the common causes of crashes. For up-to-date road crash statistics, visit the Centre for Road Safety website.

Related curriculum

Student Wellbeing courses; some activities may support the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus for Years 10 and 11.

Teacher and student resources

The introduction provides information on how to use the four sections within the resource. There are separate teacher information sheets and student worksheets for each section.

Module 1: Getting a licence – facts, challenges and reducing the risk

This module focuses on learning to drive, the conditions of learner and provisional licences and the responsibilities that come with driving a car.

Additional information

Students learn how to move through the Graduated Licensing Scheme, about the conditions of holding a licence and the decisions of some young people not to rush to apply. 

Module 2: Safer driving – it’s all about thinking and acting safely

Students learn about the common hazards young drivers face and explore new skills of how to best deal with them.

Additional information

This module includes activities on the human factors often involved in crashes, managing distractions, making good decisions and on the influences that shape learning skills.

Module 3: Driving – the early years

This module covers the early years of driving as a provisional licence holder and explores the consequences of speeding, drink driving and mobile phone use. Use this module to encourage critical thinking.

Additional information

Students are presented with the high rates of death and injury of young drivers and view a film that explores the social, emotional and financial implications of a crash that kills the driver’s best friend.

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Module 5: Poor judgement – drugs, alcohol and driving

This module highlights the risks that alcohol and other drugs pose, from the different perspectives of drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Additional information

Activities include drug impact cards, which students use to develop lists of possible risks that drivers might take, and analysis of a drink driving advertising campaign. Students also research roadside drug testing and respond to a film that previews a young driver who will kill his best mate in a crash on the night of his 18th birthday.

Module 6: Let’s make it personal

Students explore their local environment and find ways of travelling safely to and from parties and celebrations. They also assess their road user responsibilities, whether as passengers, pedestrians or drivers.

Additional information

Students list local social hot spots and identify those that pose the highest risk to young people. By working in groups, they prepare a party pack with an invitation, security tag and pamphlets explaining travel hazards and strategies to minimise harm.

Last update: 17th March 2015