Using external providers
Principals and teachers have primary responsibility for education programs in schools. They need to consider the expertise and approaches of external providers or individuals in the delivery of road safety education.
Research says that all external experiences need pre and post teacher delivered activities. One-off speakers or sessions, isolated from the context of a planned approach to education will have minimal effect to positively change young road user behaviours.
Best practice road safety education advocates that students be actively engaged in their learning as opposed to being a passive observer.
If considering engaging an external provider use these guidelines for engaging external providers for Road Safety Education to help decide if it is suitable.
Source: What doesn't work for young road users and why, Road Safety Education, Victoria, 2013
Using driver courses at school
Go-cart and race club driving, driving on off-road tracks and skid pans, and defensive driving courses have little or no positive effect on improving road user behaviour. In fact, they can lead to an increase in risky behaviours.
Learning about traffic laws, driving simulators, wearing fatal vision goggles (beer goggles) also have no real impact on changing or improving young people's behaviours. They also are not relevant to the curriculum.
The best place for learner drivers to achieve basic driving skills is in the real traffic environment in a real motor vehicle under the supervision of an experienced driver or instructor.
We do not recommend the above practices in NSW public schools.
Transport for NSW has developed the Safer Drivers Course as a best practice model for learner drivers in NSW.