Here’s a bunch of activities to help you get started. Activities are easy to implement and adaptable, so get creative! Remember to keep in touch with our team to let us know how the activity went.
The Great Kiwi Car Debate (GKCD)
SADD has teamed up with Caltex to create the Great Kiwi Car Debate! An awesome activity to do if your SADD committee is looking for a way to engage with people in your community.
The goal is to get people talking about driving attitudes and behaviours. You can do this by connecting with a Caltex station and distributing conversation cards to their customers. This is also a great resource to hand out at school.
Create and hand out safe driving packs at your school. Distribute these at events like the school ball to encourage students to drive safely, or organise transport ahead of time.
You could include SADD stickers and conversation cards. Ask local businesses and community groups for sponsored items or handouts such as taxi vouchers, food discounts or fliers.
Stand up and be counted
An assembly activity where the audience stands to visually represent the number of people that can be affected by one fatal crash.
Organise an assembly slot with teachers. Choose a presenter to read out the script and directors to instruct people when to stand. At the end, remind the audience how they can avoid the situation eg. have a sober driver, have a backup plan.
Tip: Change the script to reflect the principle you’re focused on i.e. a alcohol related crash or texting while driving.
A double poster activity showing positive and negative peer influence statements together.
Think of negative statements like ‘oh just have one bro, you’ll be fine’ versus positive statements like ‘she’s a sober driver tonight, what a legend!’ Make it really clear by having good (thumbs up) and bad (thumbs down) symbols.
Text me Friday
Get your SADD committee to send out a group text each Friday afternoon with a safe driving message.
Create a catchy message e.g. “Hey guys, watch your speed on the road this weekend and arrive at your destination safe and sound!” - SADD
Use Snapchat or Facebook to spread the message.
Imagine the very real consequences of dangerous driving behaviours by thinking through the many ‘What If’ scenarios that we face when a crash occurs. Get together with your SADD committee and brainstorm ‘What If?’ statements. Present these in a creative way, like a skit or mural. Here’s a few examples:
o What if… I had spoken up
o What if… he had slowed down
o What if… it was my sister
It’s SADD what you’ll miss
Get people to think about things they would miss most if they were injured, or worse, killed in a car crash.
Write each one on a post-it note and attach it to a board. Display this for the whole school to see to encourage people to remember the positive reasons to keep to the speed limit.
Tip: use heaps of bright post-it-notes for maximum impact.
Focus or fail
Create an obstacle course or challenges for people to attempt, first with no distractions and then again at the same time as completing a complex task. The idea of this is to demonstrate how distractions affect reaction times and accuracy.
Make your basic course require focus, such as weaving through cones or catching a ball. This will have the greatest impact. Make your distracting task complex enough that multitasking is difficult, like reading out loud or answering a maths question. Time each person.
A difference of opinion
Encourage students to consider their choices on the road by coordinating a debate using a SADD theme as the topic.
You can use SADD conversation cards to spark ideas. Select teams, you might like to try the SADD committee against the teachers! Make an event out of it and encourage your student body to attend.
This is a visual activity where you draw outlines of objects or people with chalk and write messages, statistics or tips for safe driving.
Discuss with school where you can draw on the concrete. You will want to do this in an area where lots of students will see.
With your SADD committee, come up with statistics and messages to write within the chalk outlines. Think of something catchy e.g. ‘make it click’ or ‘drive phone free’.
On the quick
With your SADD committee, come up with a list of stats and facts about road safety.
Check out the Ministry of Transports crash facts for some great stats.
You can put them in the daily notices, on a school noticeboard or using social media.
You can’t go back
An activity that helps students understand that actions have consequences.
Set up a road safety themed ‘amazing race’ where teams can sign up to compete against others. Include road safety tasks and answering driving related questions.
Ensure you have plenty of time to advertise and organise the event.
Run a competition to design the best billboard. Have this displayed on the road side, at or near your school.
Talk to local businesses such as graphic designers to judge and fund the final production (or part of the cost) of the billboard.
Another option is to turn the final design into a mural at school.
Driving to the conditions
It’s no game
Use a life sized snakes and ladders board, to show students how actions have consequences!
Ladders represent the good drivers and safe journeys and snakes represent the bad drivers or hazardous journeys.
You could paint the board onto an old sheet or use chalk to draw it on to the concrete. Good questions to include are: What is the alcohol limit for drivers under 20? Name one local taxi company’s number.
Dress up a door challenge
Challenge classes to decorate a door with information or key tips for safe driving.
Material on the doors can include posters, graphs, diagrams, and poems.
Give each class a theme i.e. driving in the rain. Get your SADD committee together to judge the winners, take photos!
Poster design competition
Encourage your peers to get creative! Run a competition around your school to come up with a poster design that reflects safe driving choices.
Choose a theme, i.e. ‘design a poster that reflects driving to the conditions’. Advertise around your school and have a closing date when your SADD committee will pick the winner. Share the winning design!
Put mock infringement notices under the windscreen wiper of students cars. This is quick, effective and gives the student drivers at your school a wee surprise when they return to their car at the end of the day! Organise your SADD committee to discreetly distribute them during the day.
Design a template for your mock fines or use the templates that SADD has created:
Start your engines
Create a pack for new / eligible drivers to educate them about their responsibilities. Include information about driving regulations, tips and SADD merchandise such as a phone wallet or USB stick.
Ask your local AA centre for some handouts. Talk to local businesses for sponsorship to create your packs. Discount vouchers for driving lessons would be a great addition.
Hey! know your stuff
Use the Hey! poster range, around school to get students thinking about their driving abilities. These posters educate students that having a licence doesn't automatically make them an experienced driver. Talk to students around the school about these posters, encourage them to look a bit closer!