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High School Transportation Safety

Transportation Safety: Grades 9-12

Lessons, Activities, Interview Forms, Fact Sheets, Card games, Board Games, Discussions & Resources.

Topics Include:

•    Bicycle Safety: Awareness
•    Who Rides a Bicycle
•    A Safe Bicycle
•    Dangers in the Road
•    Bicycle Safety: Getting Around
•    Crash Lesson A
•    Visibility
•    Traffic Signs & Signals
•    Crash Lesson B
•    Road Safety Board Game
•    Traffic Safety: Share the Road
•    Save the Drama – Wear a Seat Belt
•    High School Heroes
•    Supplemental Lessons: Effects of Alcohol Impaired Driving
•    Effects of Drug Impaired Driving
•    Distracted Driving

Drivers Education: Grade 10

Drivers Education: Grade 10
Lessons, Activities, Benchmarks, Writing Exercises, Fact Sheets, Discussions & Resources.
Topics Include:
•    New Jersey Driver License
•    New Jersey Driver Manual
•    Driver and Passenger Safety
•    Rules of the Road
•    Passing, Yielding, Entering, Exiting Highways
•    Special Conditions, Turning, Stopping, Parking
•    Aggression, Distraction, Conditions, Collisions
•    Driving Situations, Problems, Accidents, Action
•    Alcohol and Driving
•    Drugs and Driving
•    Cell Phones and Driving
•    Driver Privileges and Penalties
•    Sharing the Road
•    Vehicle Information
•    Driver Information
•    Traffic Signals and Road Markings
•    Traffic Signs
•    New Jersey Driver Test Review
•    New Jersey Driver Test Administration
•    Car Purchase Project

Safe Driving

Share the Keys
Parent/teen safe driving orientation that is designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement. Approximately 90 minutes in length, the orientation is presented by facilitators in community based settings (i.e. schools, libraries) and can be linked to parking permit requirements, classroom driver education programs and back-to-school nights. The orientation is ideally suited for parents and their teens in the pre-permit or permit state of licensure (parents and their teens already holding a probationary license will also benefit)

Safe Driving
Students study the potential dangers, risks and statistics associated with a variety of road safety issues.

Safe Driving Solutions
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students act as commissioners researching safety standards for vehicles and highways and draft recommendations to be included in a new highway safety bill.

70 Rules of Defensive Driving
Expert Robert Schaller shares wisdom from teaching defensive driving. Each tip can be used to spark discussion in classroom.

Share The Road

Share the Road with Motorcycles
(Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey). Presentation complete with teacher notes that introduces new drivers to the importance of Sharing the Road with motorcyclists.

With Pedestrians
What Georgia Drivers Must Know About Pedestrians. Illustrated driving rules and common driver violations for sharing the road with pedestrians

With Bicyclists
For driver Education classes, developed by Les Leathem, New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition

With Motorcyclists
The For Car Drivers website from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides safety tips, video instruction and other resources for car drivers on sharing the road with motorcyclists.

Highway Safety: Breakdowns in Highway Transportation System
Students are introduced to the highway transportation system.

Graduated Driver License (GDL): No license to drive
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students reflect on the advantages, responsibilities and obstacles of driving, learn about recent trends in the licensing of teen drivers, and create a safe driving campaign.

Inexperienced Drivers: Novice Drivers
Students explore the concept of social trade-offs in the context of graduated driver licensing.

Distracted Driving: Every Waking Minute-Examining Personal Media Habits
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students take a close look at their media habits, identify detrimental habits, and develop personal plans of action.

Driven to Distraction
Through Articles, videos, and interactive features, the NY Times has examined the risks of texting behind the wheel.

Aggressive Driving: Smooth Operator
A unique public service initiative to combat aggressive driving. Site defines aggressive driving and gives causes and facts to share with students.

Road Rage: It’s a Mad World
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students learn the factors that lead to anger and techniques for coping with it. Students write and act-out real-life scenarios that cause frustration including road rage.

Speeding: Collision Course
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students measure the speed of moving marbles and use the results to calculate velocity and momentum. They then use their understanding to analyze events leading to a Japanese train crash. (Activities can be adapted to analyze speeding while driving).

Drowsy Driving

Let’s Sleep on It
Students share opinions about facts related to sleep and analyze their own experiences and observations.

Getting Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed Every Day?
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students explore the effects of sleep deprivation in teenagers and evaluate the impact of being better rested on their daily activities

Rail and Bus Safety: NJ Transit – “Look, Listen Up, Stay Alive”
An innovative Driver Education Safety Program that includes a PowerPoint presentation explaining signs, signals and concepts of rail, light rail and bus safety and graphic consequences of motorist error. The program also includes a video on railroad safety, instructor lesson plans, student copies and a safety quiz.

Technology: Steer Clear of Trouble
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students use the Internet to investigate safe driving practices and technologies, and then “publish” a manual of safe driving for teenagers.

Auto Maintenance: Auto Mechanics Preparation
Hands on project for students to learn the basics of auto maintenance.

Purchasing a car

Buy a Car
Students use research, critical thinking, and complex decision-making skills to learn how to purchase a car.

Purchasing Your First Car
Students research and compare costs of purchasing a car.

Auto Insurance: Rights and Responsibilities
Your options may vary depending on the state.

The Teenage Brain

What Were They Thinking? Exploring Teen Brain Development
NY Times Lesson Plan. Students review scientific research on the teenage brain and discuss its implications to topics related to teens’ freedom and accountability.

The Mind: An Incredible Machine
Students explore the differences between the functioning of a teenage brain and the functioning of an adult brain.

Youth and Road Safety Action Kit
A simple guide developed by youth to inspire young people to get actively involved in road safety.

Shared Lesson Plans

Share the Road with Motorcycles
(Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey). Presentation complete with teacher notes that introduces new drivers to the importance of Sharing the Road with motorcyclists.

Breathing Life Into Your Driver’s Ed Curriculum
(Maureen Nussman)

Summer Reading
(Maureen Nussman)

Teen Driving Blogs

We’ve compiled a list of blogs on topics of teen driving safety that can be used to spark discussion in the classroom:

Teen driving resource sites for educators:

Don’t Drive Stupid
New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety innovative program to educate young drivers about staying safe behind the wheel. Free resources for educators.

Toyota Teen Driver Educational Kit
A free defensive driver program for educators including teacher’s guide, activities, quizzes and more.