The number of teenage drivers involved in crashes while texting has been increasing. Driving distractions are becoming as much of a threat to teenage drivers, passengers and other road users as drinking and driving has been in recent years.
Similarly, injuries to children riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are on the rise nationally, with boys aged 15 to 19 the most at risk. Speed, inexperience, inadequate protective equipment, non-use of helmets and alcohol are common factors.
The lessons in this resource address road safety education and embed literacy instruction into curriculum delivery. Topics include alcohol and drug impaired driving, driving distractions, drowsy driving, aggressive driving, ATVs and snowmobiles.
The overall strategy approaches will:
The overall teaching and learning strategy will help students to:
Work in small groups or whole class activities in order to:
This teaching resource contains a set of lesson plans to support the delivery of literacy, while reinforcing key road safety messages. Road safety education is an excellent vehicle for developing general goals and skill sets for literacy and working toward building a safe, strong and healthy future for Ontario’s young people.
Road safety can be delivered in all subjects across the curriculum as there are direct links to citizenship, geography, english, drama, social sciences, health education, information communication technology (ICT), math and science.
Below are some suggestions as to how to modify the student activities to address expectations from other curricular areas.
Design a survey to determine the percentage of student drivers in their schools who engage in the following driver distractions:
Use the data to plot a graph comparing the percentages.
Health and Physical Education
*See “Adaptation Tips” for a list of tips and aspects to consider when adapting activities to fit your class needs.
See the Community Engagement Kit for more ideas, tools and tips to bring together the community for a road safety event.
See Adaptation Tips for a list of tips and aspects to consider when adapting these activities to fit your class needs.