Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Traffic Safety Merit Badge


Traffic Safety




  1. Do the following:
        A. Describe the top 10 mistakes new drivers frequently make. Name the two items you are required by
              law to carry with you whenever you operate a motor vehicle.
        B. Describe how alcohol and other drugs affect the human body and why a person should never drink
              and drive, or drive while under the influence of any mind-altering substances, including prescription
              drugs, cold medications, and illicit drugs. For the state where you live, find out what is. the legal
              blood alcohol concentration and the consequences for driving while intoxicated or driving under the
              influence. Find out what the open-container law is in your state.
        C. Describe at least four factors to be considered in the design of a road or highway. Explain how
              roadside hazards and road conditions contribute to the occurrence and seriousness of traffic
        D. Explain why a driver who is fatigued or distracted should not operate a motor vehicle. List five
              common distractions, explain how driver distractions contribute to traffic accidents, and tell how
              drivers can minimize distractions. Describe how volunteer drivers can plan to be alert when
              transporting Scouting participants.
  2. Do the following:
        A. Demonstrate how to properly wear a lap or shoulder belt. Explain why it is important for drivers and
              passengers to wear safety belts at all times.
        B. List five safety features found in motor vehicles besides occupant restraint systems. Describe each
              safety feature, how each works, and how each contributes to safety.
  3. Do the following :
        A. Using your family car or another vehicle, demonstrate that all lights and lighting systems in the
              vehicle are working. Describe the function and explain why each type of light is important to safe
        B. Using your family car or another vehicle, demonstrate how to check tire pressure and identify the
              correct tire pressure for the vehicle. Explain why proper tire pressure is important to safe driving.
        C. Demonstrate a method to check for adequate tire tread. Explain why proper tire tread is important to
              safe driving.
        D. Demonstrate with a smear-and-clear test if the windshield wiper blades will clear the windshield
              completely or need to be replaced. Describe instances in good and bad weather when windshield
              washers are important to safe driving.
  4. Do the following:
        A. In a location away from traffic hazards, measure with a tape measure - not in a car - and mark off
              with stakes the distance that a car will travel during the time needed for decision and reaction, and
              the braking distances necessary to stop a car traveling 30, 50, and 70 miles per hour on dry, level
              pavement. Discuss how environmental factors such as bad weather and road conditions will affect
              the distance.
        B. Demonstrate the difference in nighttime visibility between a properly lit bicycle and rider (or a
              pedestrian) wearing reflective material and a bicycle and rider with no lights (or a pedestrian)
              dressed in dark clothing, without reflective material.
        C. Explain how color and shape are used to help road users recognize and understand the information
              presented on traffic and roadway signs. Explain the purpose of different types of signs, signals, and
              pavement markings.
        D. Describe at least three examples of traffic laws that apply to drivers of motor vehicles and that
              bicyclist must also obey.
  5. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Interview a traffic law enforcement officer in your community to identify what three traffic safety
              problems the officer is most concerned about. Discuss with your merit badge counselor possible
              ways to solve one of those problems.
        B. Using the Internet (with your parent's permission), visit five Web sites that cover safe driving for
              teenagers. As a group, discuss what you learn with your counselor and at least three other
        C. Initiate and organize an activity or event to demonstrate the importance of traffic safety.
        D. Accompanied by an adult and a buddy, pick a safe place to observe traffic at a controlled
              intersection (traffic signal or stop sign) on three separate days and at three different times of the
              day, for 30 minutes on each visit. At this intersection, survey (1) such violations as running a red
              light or stop sign; or (2) seat belt usage. Count the number of violations or number of drivers not
              wearing a seat belt. Record in general terms if the driver was young or old, male or female. Keep
              track of the total number of vehicles observed so that you can determine the percentage of
              compliance vs. violations. Discuss the findings with your merit badge counselor.

Traffic Safety Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.