Traffic safety and mobility education is generally given in 29 European states. However, also at secondary level it differs widely across Europe how this education is given. The maps below provide an overview of how those 29 states differ with regards to several topics, including lesson formats, educational goals and exams.
Road safety education is a dedicated subject at secondary schools only in France, Iceland, Italy, Norway and Switzerland.
A requirement for a minimum number of teaching hours at secondary schools is only found in Albania (12 hours per year), Cyprus (eight 45 minute lessons per year), and Slovakia.
In the states where there is no legal minimum requirement, the provision of traffic safety and mobility education at secondary schools is less structured and furthermore not well known—except for in Latvia (1 hour a month) and Greece (where it is one of four topics during a thematic week).
While lessons at primary schools across Europe contain both theoretical and practical elements, at secondary schools in half of the states primarily theoretical lessons are given.
Educational goals and/or objectives for road safety education are only set in 13 out of the 29 states where traffic safety and mobility education is generally given at secondary level.
In addition to traffic rules and safe behaviour, pupils in secondary schools across Europe are also made aware of the risks and challenges of being a young driver, such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and distraction. Some states also focus on driving mopeds safely, while others also focus on learning youngsters how to deal with peer pressure.
No exams are taken in 25 of the 29 states where traffic safety and mobility education is generally given at secondary level. While a written test is conducted in Albania, France and Kosovo, only in Slovakia do pupils have written as well as practical exams.
More information on the status of traffic safety and mobility education at secondary schools in Europe is available in the LEARN! report.
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