Brake, the road safety charity, has produced two free interactive resources for Road Safety Week (21– 27 November 2016), to support this year’s “Make the Brake Pledge” theme.
Developed with the support of the Department for Transport, the resources encourage everyone to think about how our streets can be made safer by buckling up and concentrating on the road.
Take the seat belt challenge, based on the ‘Secure’ element of the Pledge, is a game for early years and Key Stage 1 children. It helps them to understand the importance of fastening seat belts and putting loose items out of harm’s way when travelling by car.
Driven to distraction, based on the ‘Silent’ element of the Pledge, is a fun game for all ages. It challenges players to hunt out different ways in which road users can be distracted, revealing some surprising facts as the game unfolds.
The open-access Take the seat belt challenge and Driven to distraction! interactive games complete a suite of six resources (together with Let’s GO20 quiz; Sober-up story; Sharpen up your driving; Drive less, live more) that cover each element of the Brake Pledge. They can be used to spread road safety awareness and facilitate discussion throughout Road Safety Week and beyond, by teachers; fleet professionals and employers; road safety professionals; community leaders; and individuals who want to help themselves, their families and their communities by making streets safer.
Dave Nichols, community engagement manager, said: “Our new e-learning resources are freely available to anyone who wants to challenge themselves, their students, family and friends while raising road safety awareness. Teachers can use Take the seat belt challenge to help children understand the importance of buckling up; and everyone can test their powers of observation with the trickier Driven to distraction!, showing how a road user’s attention can be diverted away from the road. We hope people will play them, enjoy them and share them in classrooms and across social media, throughout Road Safety Week and beyond.”
The games are available online at www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk