Road Safety Education
The NZ Transport Agency publishes school resources and guidance on road safety education. This board links to primary and secondary curriculum resources from around the world. Teachers will also find help for community links, road safety material for families and a selection of research.
In 2014, teachers will be able to sign up their classes to Learnz virtual field trips that tell a big story: the Waterview Connection. Join Alice the tunnel boring machine on a massive project to build motorway tunnels and complete Auckland’s Western Ring Route. Field trips provided by the NZ Transport Agency and CORE Education.
New Zealand National Memorial Park and Underpass. Teachers can sign up their classes to a Learnz virtual field trip that connects with our nation’s history as part of State Highway 1 goes underground. Provided by the NZ Transport Agency and CORE Education.
Primary and Secondary curriculum. The virtual field trip to Memorial Park, Wellington shows students the undergrounding of State Highway 1 to make way for Memorial Park, to be finished in time for the First World War centenary. Presented by the NZ Transport Agency, the Memorial Park Alliance and CORE Education.
Blazed - Drug Driving in Aotearoa. Read the background to this advertisement directed by Taika Waititi for the NZ Transport Agency. Research shows that around one-quarter of all drivers and motorcyclists killed in road crashes were found to have cannabis present in their system, with or without other substances. Our drug affected driving campaign is a long-term behavioural change campaign aimed at reducing the harm caused by drugged drivers.
Early childhood: Think! Resource Centre for children aged under 5. Download lesson packs for preschoolers on topics such as crossing the road safely with an adult, being seen, and how to behave near traffic. Includes posters, stories, pictures and activities. From the UK Department of Transport.
Primary and secondary curriculum: The Think! Resource Centre by the UK Department of Transport. Each lesson pack contains a lesson plan, links to road safety teaching resources, and activities. Arranged by age-group: early childhood, primary and secondary.
Community: Young people from seven countries in Africa wrote a declaration for road safety. Actions they call for include investment in safe infrastructure, collaborative planning and support for youth-led road safety awareness programmes aimed at their peers.
Research: Study suggests that bicyclists overestimate their own night-time visibility. This research by the Queensland University of Technology also found cyclists underestimate the benefit of reflective markers on ankles or knees. Link to abstract and graphs.
Research: Bicycle lights. NZ Consumer magazine tested 81 front and rear bike lights costing $100 or less for brightness at different angles. Test results and recommendations available. Useful resource for school safety checks and student-led road safety activities.
Primary and secondary curriculum: Virtual Highway is a website that provides video images of key travel routes and maps of the New Zealand state highway network. As the video segment plays the corresponding location is shown on a moving map. Easy to use app that could support classroom learning in various learning areas.
Secondary and primary curriculum: videos of NZ road safety and construction. Particularly outstanding are the time lapse videos showing highway construction. Inspiration for media students or material to remix in Mix & Mash entries. Could also be a quickfire resource for classes in any subject looking at the road system, motorways and safety.