Vacation travel is on the rise as families set out for their end-of-summer trips. Unfortunately, as travelers pack up the family car with gear and devices to keep the kiddos happy, many drivers forget about the basics needed for a safe and successful trip.
Here is an exercise that can be used for not only new drivers, but for experienced drivers alike, to make sure they’re prepared for a trip.
Time: 15 minutes
- Everything the instructor can get, as it relates to packing the vehicle for safe travel. Some items include:
- Spare tire
- Emergency flares/reflective triangles
- Small tool set
- Lug wrench
- Small board (to put the jack on)
- Quart of oil
- Spare coolant
- Spare light bulbs
- First-Aid Kit
- Candy or other rewards
- Large table
- Paper or flipchart
- Twin size bed sheet or larger
- Before class, arrange your safe travel items on a table and cover them with a sheet.
- Separate students into groups of 5 to 7.
- Have all the groups approach the table and instruct them not to say anything.
- Remove the sheet and allow the students to view the items for 30 seconds.
- Have the students return to a table with their group and select a scribe.
- Instruct students to discuss as a group, listing all items they can remember. Have the scribe write them on the paper or flip-chart.
- Have a spokesperson from each group read off what they listed.
- The group with the most correct items on the list, wins.
Provide the winning group with some candy or other rewards