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Lesson 4 – Are you roadworthy?

This lesson plan links to the following national curriculum areas:
  • PHSE NC criteria: Knowledge, skills and understanding: 1a, 1c, 2a, 2b; Breadth of study: 4a, 4b, 4g
  • Citizenship: Unit 09, Consumer rights and responsibilities
  • English: Reading: 5a, 5c, 5d; Writing: 1e, 1f, 1g, 1h, 2, 3, 4; Breadth of study: 9b
  • Key skills: Communication; Decision-making


At the end of the lesson the student will be able to:
  • Become aware of what can cause accidents
  • Give advice on a potentially dangerous situation
  • Learn how to reduce the risk of accidents

Lesson summary

In the UK, nearly 11,000 passengers aged 16 to 19 were killed or injured in accidents in 20041. Young people and new drivers are particularly vulnerable as traffic conditions become more challenging. One in five new drivers has some sort of crash in their first year of driving2 and 151 teenagers were killed on the roads in 20033.

For all of these reasons, safety on the road is paramount for teenagers. This lesson aims to raise the safety awareness of young people and encourage them to overcome the view that being risky is 'cool'.

Students are asked to assess a number of situations and form their own opinions about safety and responsible road behaviour.

You could ask students to contribute their personal accounts of risky behaviour on the road. Be aware, however, that sometimes such accounts can have a high emotional impact on the people who experienced them, and approach the subject matter carefully.

Follow the link to the lesson documents on the top right.

  • 1 Brake – Young drivers: The hard facts
  • 2 Think! Department of Transport
  • 3 Brake – Young drivers: The hard facts

 Lesson 1 – Media savvy

How media savvy are your pupils?

 Lesson 2 – Money matters

What to consider when buying a first car

 Lesson 3 – Running costs

Work out the cost of running a car


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