In this activity, students are asked to analyse data to work out which form of personal transport is currently the least safe. They then consider what safety features are in use at the moment.
Students brainstorm and rank transport systems in order of safety. They then interpret the data in the Safety Statistics A handout, which includes a chart which shows the proportion of reported road casualties by road user type and severity in 2012. They then compare this to their ranking. Finally, students consider car safety features, such as airbags, crumple zones, seatbelts, braking and also road features such as speed limits, speed bumps, vibration lines.
The Road Safety video highlights the latest engineering technology in road safety. It introduces research scientists and engineers at the University of Southampton whose research includes pedestrian detection technology and the development of driverless cars.
Other lessons and resources for this theme can be found in the Energy and Transport collection.
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