Instil safe driving habits by promoting road safety for youth

Teaching road safety from a young age is an important step that can help prepare youth for a safer future.

2023 was reported as the deadliest year on Australia’s roads with more than 100 fatalities reported  (The Guardian 2023). 22% of these fatalities were young drivers between the ages of 17 and 25. For those unaware of these statistics, these figures can come as an eye-opener and it speaks to the urgent need for comprehensive road safety education tailored to youth.

As young people grow they want to be more independent and start exploring the world around them—including roads. This is why parents, teachers, instructors, and other adult influencers should play their part in talking about road safety with young people and promoting young drivers' safety with the right skills and tools needed to navigate roads safely and responsibly.

From mobile phone use to other distractions, youth today face a much tougher road ahead when it comes to responsible driving, putting them in situations that compromise their safety and the safety of those around them.

Effective ways for teaching road safety for youth

Here are a few ways you can become a part of promoting road safety for young drivers:

Customised approach

Customised approach for age groups

Road safety education should accommodate the different learning styles to fit the specific needs of each youth demographic. For young adolescents, interactive activities and visual aids can prove to be more effective, while older teens have a better chance of succeeding with advanced driving simulations or even discussions on risk management.

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Involve law enforcement and emergency services

Collaborating with law enforcement and emergency services personnel can give your road safety education programs more credibility and impact. Inviting them to share their experiences and perspectives to help youth understand the gravity of road safety issues and the importance of following road rules can have a bigger impact on young drivers.

Real-life scenarios

Real-life scenarios and case studies

Present real-life scenarios and case studies that help youth understand the consequences of unsafe driving habits and the importance of following road safety practices. Sharing reports, news stories, and even personal experiences faced by parents, teachers, or instructors can create more engaging lessons that are far more relatable and impactful.

Gamification and incentives

Gamification and incentives

Young people prefer interactive games, rewards, and recognition. Incorporating elements of gamification and offering incentives can motivate them to actively participate and retain information better. This makes road safety for youth a more engaging experience because the key is to use techniques and styles that young people find interesting.

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Research from NSW indicates that 15- to 25-year-olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work



Research from NSW indicates that 15- to 25-year-olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work


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Promote road safety for youth with Youthsafe

Youthsafe is a leading organisation that works towards improving the safety and well-being of young people.

From classroom sessions to resources and coaching, we offer a range of services that are targeted towards empowering young Australians to make informed decisions when it comes to the choices they make on the road. Our holistic approach is aimed at young drivers, parents, instructors, and other adult influencers because we believe that everyone has an important role to play in improving the safety of young people.


How can parents reinforce road safety for youth with lessons at home?

Parents play an important role when it comes to reinforcing road safety lessons at home. It’s important to lead by example by consistently following traffic rules and modelling safe behaviours.

Engage young people in discussions about road safety scenarios, and involve them in decision-making processes related to road safety. Regular practice can help them better understand the rules of the road and appreciate their purpose.

How can schools and communities support road safety education?

Schools and communities play an important role in supporting road safety education by incorporating it into their curriculum, organising awareness campaigns, and collaborating with law enforcement and road safety organisations to bring more robust lessons into the classroom.

Consistent messaging and reinforcement from multiple sources, from print to digital, can play a big role in improving the effectiveness of road safety education.

How can technology be integrated into road safety education?

Technology is without a doubt a powerful tool in road safety education. From interactive digital resources to educational apps, young people today have access to many options that can provide them with an immersive learning experience.

Online platforms and social media can also be used to raise awareness and share road safety information to a wider audience.