Text version for 'What do you think?'

In this activity, students are asked to consider several road-safety-related questions. There are no right or wrong answers.

Question 1: How do you get to school most days? (Choose the main mode if more than one.)

  1. Walk
  2. Cycle
  3. Bus
  4. Train
  5. Car

Feedback:

How you get to school will largely depend on where you live. Students in urban areas where the public transport links are good are much more likely to get the bus or train. Students in rural areas are more likely to go in the car with their parents.

Question 2: Is road safety something that you worry about?

  1. Yes, a lot
  2. Sometimes
  3. Not really

Feedback:

The media can sometimes give the impression that causes of harm to young people, such as knife crime, are more common than they really are. In fact, road incidents are the biggest cause of accidental deaths and serious injuries amongst young people.

Question 3: Do you think the adults you travel with set a good example on the roads?

  1. Yes, always
  2. Yes, but only sometimes
  3. No

Feedback:

Children copying their parents' bad habits on the roads has been recognised as a major problem. Because of this, the Department for Transport ran a 'Copycat' advertising campaign, encouraging parents to set a good example. You can see a poster from this campaign here:
www.dft.gov.uk/think_media/388363/393749/CopyCat-Seatbelt-poster-PDF

Question 4: Have you ever been involved in an incident or collision on the road?

  1. Yes
  2. No, but there have been some near misses
  3. No, not at all

Feedback:

If you haven't, you may know someone who has been.

Casualties in reported personal injury road incidents aged 12 to 16 by gender in 2009.

(Source: Road Casualties of Great Britain 2009)

What differences do you notice between male and female road users in each category? Why do you think this is?

Question 5: Do you talk or text on the mobile phone whilst crossing the road?

  1. Most of the time
  2. Sometimes
  3. Never

Feedback:

In 2009, almost 2,150 children aged 12–16 were hurt in road incidents because they did not look properly before crossing the road. Remember, it's not just using your mobile phone and listening to music that can distract you: talking and messing about with friends are all also distractions that make you less safe on the roads.

Question 6: Should it be made law that anyone using a bicycle must wear a cycle helmet?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Feedback:

Did you know that some people strongly believe that wearing a cycle helmet should be made law. However, others think they shouldn't as they believe the benefits of cycling (a healthy lifestyle, better for the environment, etc.), outweigh the risks of being involved in a collision, and wearing a helmet may put some people off.

Question 7: At what age should people be allowed to drive?

  1. 14
  2. 16
  3. 17
  4. 18
  5. 21

Feedback:

There are arguments for and against raising the legal driving age. For instance, killed or seriously injured (KSI) statistics show higher rates for younger drivers as they may be considered less likely to identify the level of risks involved. Other the other hand, you could say that high KSI rates are about experience, not just age.

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