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Supplementing the student driver education program with other material

Section overview 

Guest speakers can often be a valuable addition to any program that you run. They can provide first-hand information to supplement the driver education you provide, and they are a valuable link to the community. Before inviting a guest speaker to talk to the class, teachers might like to consider the following questions:

  • Does the presenter meet best practice principles?
  • What is/are the objective/s of the session/s?
  • What is the benefit of a guest speaker rather than school personnel conducting the session/s?
  • What has occurred in the student driver education program before the guest speaker's arrival?
  • What resources will the guest speaker bring to the program?
  • Do the guest speaker's resources need to be previewed by the teacher?
  • Is/are the session/s consistent with current school authority policy on the topic?
  • Is there a school-based policy relating to this topic? If so, ensure a copy is obtained before conducting the program.
  • Is the principal informed and supportive of the program?
  • What follow up will need to be done and by whom?
  • How will the session be evaluated for effectiveness?

Resources required

Resource and summaryCost and availability

The Physics of Car Crashes, Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW. Sydney, New South Wales (NSW)

A video supported by a teacher's booklet. For use in secondary schools.

A teaching/learning resource that aims to integrate with the science curriculum. Contains information and activities related to force and stopping distance, speed and kinetic energy as they apply to road safety contexts.

Approx. A$80—available from Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW

Phone: +61 2 9218 3677a

Road Ready, ACT Government (2000)

Road ready teacher resource book, road ready student resource book, video, information brochures.

Designed for secondary students who have not yet obtained their driver licence.

Details available at*.

Teacher information

Links should be made with members of the community/community groups (for example Department of Transport and Main Roads road safety advisors, police, RACQ*) before commencing the course. This might include:

  • Department of Transport and Main Roads road safety advisors are regionally based staff who can assist schools solve road safety issues or problems. For example, road safety consultants could train members of the school community to use speed awareness devices thereby providing data reflecting a sample of traffic speeds around the school which could be analysed by students. In south-east Queensland phone 1300 360 135h to contact your nearest advisor. To find the location of advisors statewide, visit the specific topics page.

Activity 1 

Students develop a series of questions they could ask a particular guest speaker. They research the role of the guest speaker, or the organisation they work for, to ensure the questions are relevant.

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Last updated
31 January 2018