Grade 9 | Unit 9.4 | Page 8
CAN YOU CONTROL THE RISKS IN RISKY BEHAVIOUR?
Safe vs reckless driving:
You need to get from point A to point B. The roads are full of dangers, so how
to you manage the risks of driving or of being a passenger? How can you
decrease your risks and improve your chances of arriving safely and not
causing an accident?
• stop at red traffic lights
• drive within the speed limit
• drive with caution and anticipate possible dangerous situations (e.g.
pedestrians crossing the road)
• drive a safe car that has reliable brakes and is mechanically sound
• wear a seatbelt
• avoid driving after having drunk alcohol or taken drugs. Refuse to get
in the car if the driver is drunk or high on drugs.
You can also choose to increase your risks of getting hurt or causing an
accident by doing some foolish things. What could you do to increase your
risks and the probability of an accident?
• drive recklessly
• don't wear a seatbelt
• drive an unroadworthy car
• drive drunk
• drive in an unknown area when it is dark and raining.
Unsafe vs safe sex:
Sex can be highly risky. It can lead to HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases
(STDs) and unwanted pregnancies, as well as emotional distress. How would
you be able to decrease the risks of these things happening?
• use condoms
• know the HIV (or health) status of yourself and of your partner
• be faithful to your partner (be in a monogamous relationship)
• be emotionally prepared for an intimate relationship
• you could, of course, decide not to have sex with the person.
So, how can we manage the risks in gambling?