Teach­ing kids to be safe around trucks

New Zealand Truck & Driver - - News -

SCHOOLS AROUND THE COUN­TRY ARE BE­ING en­cour­aged to use a new teach­ing aid that ed­u­cates chil­dren on how to be safe around trucks.

Road Trans­port Fo­rum chief ex­ec­u­tive Ken Shirley be­lieves that the new cur­ricu­lum re­source – de­vel­oped by the New Zealand Trans­port Agency, with in­put from the Fo­rum – should be used in as many schools as pos­si­ble.

“ e Agency’s work is based on a lot of re­search around how chil­dren learn and what kind of teach­ing is e ec­tive,” says Shirley.

Im­por­tant mes­sages within the re­sources in­clude the likes of: “While you can see the truck – the truck driver may not see you.” And another: “While you think you might have time to get across the road – the truck is ac­tu­ally trav­el­ling faster than you think.”

Says Shirley: “ e kind of sus­tained ex­po­sure to an is­sue that this cur­ricu­lum pro­vides is the per­fect ve­hi­cle to in­grain knowl­edge of how to be safe around trucks – and the im­por­tance of road trans­port to our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Teach­ing chil­dren to be safe around trucks is a re­ally valu­able life-les­son. e fact that NZTA can as­sim­i­late that into cur­ricu­lum top­ics for science, maths, so­cial stud­ies, health and PE makes what the stu­dents learn so much more rel­e­vant to them.

“Teach­ing chil­dren the fun­da­men­tals of physics, by analysing the mass and speed of a truck and its po­ten­tial stop­ping dis­tance, is an ex­am­ple of how truck safety is ap­plied through this cur­ricu­lum.

“It’s also a great way to teach chil­dren about the role that trucks play in mov­ing freight around the coun­try, while al­low­ing them to look into the fu­ture – their fu­ture – and ex­plore po­ten­tial new trans­port tech­nolo­gies.”

T&D

e NZ Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion last year ini­ti­ated its Share the Road Safely With Trucks pro­gramme – tak­ing trucks to schools

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