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Research for road safety education

Below are links to New Zealand and overseas research information about effective road safety education, road safety in general and on the topic of young people as road users.
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As part of the NZTA’s commitment to the government’s Safer Journeys Strategy, we provide a range of crash analysis reports. These reports provide information at a variety of levels (national, regional and territorial authority) and across a number of key road safety themes.

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The Guidelines for assessing Road Safety Education for young people provide New Zealand schools with useful questions to assess Road Safety Education initiatives and programmes being offered to their school and community. Links to presentations and further research included.

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The Difference Between Life and Death – a 20 minute film The safe system approach recognises that people make mistakes and are vulnerable in a crash. It reduces the price paid for a mistake so crashes don't result in loss of life or limb. Mistakes are inevitable - deaths and serious injuries from road crashes are not. Learn more about NZ’s safe system approach by watching this short video.

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Driving and fatigue are a dangerous mix. This infographic demonstrates the consequences of fatigue, how it can affect you, early warning signs to look out for, common myths to combat fatigue, and provides basic steps that can be taken to ensure fatigue is managed effectively before you drive.

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Getting it Together is published by Western Australian agency SDERA. It outlines the whole-school approach to road safety education, covering curriculum, organisation and community. This model was adopted for New Zealand.

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Find out how to collaborate online and share resources and ideas for safe school travel.

Learning as if your life depended on it. Education Review magazine looks at the big question of how New Zealand schools can contribute to a safer road system.

Pam Hook and Mary Chamberlain, both highly experienced educators, have contributed the three papers below. Pam and Mary provide useful insights into the evidence base for road safety education that works, principles of good learning design, and what effective teaching and learning with this context looks like in New Zealand primary and secondary schooling.

The TARS Research Group has conducted leading-edge research into truck driver fatigue, distractions produced by cell phones, perceptions of risk, eye movement behaviour, safety at intersections, the design of road worker's safety vests, patterns of driving behaviour in New Zealand, the design of overtaking lanes, the effectiveness of road signs, urban threshold design, and many other topics.