Risk Taking and Personal Safety by Justin Healey

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Stability of different types of risky driving among individuals The great majority of young people who didn’t engage in risky driving aged 19-20 continued not to do so at 23-24. Only four per cent of 19-24 year olds who didn’t engage in high-level speeding, drive while affected by an illegal drug or drive without a helmet, did so at 23-24. About a quarter of those who had often engaged in risky driving behaviour at 19-20 weren’t doing it any longer by the age of 23-24, and half were engaging in the behaviour less often.

If you do, make sure you know what you’re taking and find out how to reduce the risks of overdose or injury ➤➤ Trust your own judgement. Don’t let peer pressure sway you into doing anything you don’t want to do ➤➤ Keep your wits about you and stay close to friends you trust ➤➤ Take condoms with you if you think you might end up having sex – and use them ➤➤ Don’t get into a car with a driver who has been drinking ➤➤ Remember that your judgement may be impaired if you’ve been drinking or taking drugs – don’t take risks you may regret such as diving into water if you don’t know how deep it is or fooling around near swimming pools ➤➤ Leave for somewhere safe if you feel unsafe at a venue or party.

Even when using condoms for protection, some STIs such as genital warts and genital herpes can be passed on because the condom does not always cover the affected area. BEING READY FOR SEX Young people can feel a lot of pressure to have sex. Friends may tell you they’re all doing it (sometimes even if they’re not). You see it on the TV and in the movies. You might also feel pressured by a particular person. Or you might feel that it’s expected of you from a girlfriend or boyfriend. Practising safer sex means looking after yourself emotionally.

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