• Activity
  • Roads, Vehicles & Traffic

Can drivers see me?

Learning areas:
  • Maths
Year levels:
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Have students measure their height and compare it to the height of the bonnet, boot and window of a car. They could measure their car at home or a car at school, if possible.

Compare the height of the bonnet, boot and window of different cars e.g. station wagon, four-wheel drive, sedan, hatchback with the height of students in the class.

Discuss with students how their height makes it difficult for them to be seen by cars, particularly those with high windows.

Students could also measure the height of their little brothers and sisters and compare it with the bonnet, boot and window of different cars.

Discussion questions

  • How does your height compare with the height of the bonnet, boot and window of different cars?
  • What does this tell you about how visible you are to drivers?

Information for teachers

Children walking can be very difficult for drivers to see because:

  • of the height of the vehicle and limited   vision of the driver (e.g. large 4-wheel drive or when a driver is reversing).
  • they   can be easily obscured by parked cars, shrubs or other objects due to   their small size.
  • they may be not wearing reflective accessories   or brightly coloured clothes, especially at night, dawn or dusk.

Children tend to judge themselves as being more visible than they are, especially in poor light conditions.

Victorian curriculum

Mathematics

Level 3

Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, area, mass and capacity (VCMMG140)

Level 4

Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures(VCMMG165)