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Road safety hazards

Learning areas:
  • Health & Physical Education
Year levels:
  • Prep
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Explain that road safety hazards are things on or near the road that could put us at risk of being hurt.

Using pictures, ask students to identify some examples of road safety hazards.

Organise the class into small groups and allocate them one of the road safety hazards that were identified. Each group should discuss what they could do personally to avoid or to manage the hazard and then report back to the class.

As a class decide if each proposed strategy is a safe/unsafe way to manage the danger. For example:

  • If the hazard was a patch of shrubs obstructing the view of the road, you could manage this by moving along the footpath to a place where you had a clear view in all directions before crossing the road.
  • In rural areas with no footpaths you should walk on the side of the road facing oncoming traffic, and walk with no more than two people side by side.

Have the class draw some of the dangers they need to be aware of when they are walking.

Discussion questions

  • When you are walking around roads, what are some things you need to look out for to make sure you are safe?
  • What could you do to make sure you stay safe as a pedestrian?

Information for teachers

Examples of hazards

  • Vehicles – travelling towards a pedestrian or in the same direction.
  • Things that restrict/limit vision – such as parked cars, plants on the sides of roads.
  • The roadway itself – may be partly concealed by a bend or curve, hills, hard to see corners, fast running roads.
  • Things on the footpath that cause you to leave the footpath – people riding bikes, scooters, pot holes, cars parked across footpaths.
  • Things a pedestrian might do – such as not concentrating, playing with a ball, showing off, not wanting to use the Stop, Look, Listen, Think procedure, not thinking safely, running across driveways/laneways.
  • In rural areas, there may be no footpaths so people need to walk along the side of the road, facing oncoming traffic.

Victorian curriculum

Health and PE


Identify people and actions that help keep themselves safe and healthy (VCHPEP059)

Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP062)

Level 1 & 2

Recognise situations and opportunities to promote their own health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP074)