about us

The Trust is currently running “Parents as Role Models” sessions for parents of pre-schoolers. Parents are taken through a process helping them to understand that children observe driving behaviour from an early age and regard that behaviour as the norm. There is good international evidence to show that when children become new drivers their driving reflects that of their parents.

The independent evaluation of the project showed that attendees recalled the messages, changed their behaviour and continued to discuss them amongst themselves and with others in their communities.

Sessions have been running for four years, many of them as part of parenting courses for at-risk young parents. The facilitator is finding groups of parents to run future sessions in Canterbury. She
will run training courses for facilitators in other parts of the country on request. A training guide has been produced for facilitators.

Parents as Role Models is currently supported with funding from the Road Safety Trust.  The NZ Roadshow Trust acknowledges their support.

The Roadshow Trust has produced a number of road safety resources in the past for schools and young people. These include “Share the Experience”, a resource and log book for novice drivers; and “No Thanks I’m Driving” a resource for schools using role play to encourage sober driving strategies.

“Roadshow”, a multi-media road safety rock opera, toured New Zealand in 1983 and was seen by almost every secondary school student in the country. It marked the beginning of community road safety in this country and raised awareness of the drink driving issue in New Zealand.

The accompanying resource package, sponsored by the major agencies working in road safety was sent to every secondary school. Comprehensive and packed with useful information and lesson plans, it was used in schools for more than ten years.