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Road safety skills for children

Road safety for your schoolThe best road safety teacher for your children is you.  Because road safety can only be taught in the street, when you’re out and about with your child talk about what you’re doing and what you’re looking for when crossing the road for example and set the best example you can.

  • Most serious collisions involving children walking or cycling happen close to home, on residential roads often with light traffic.
  • The most dangerous age is when children start and go through secondary school.
  • Boys are at much higher risk than girls when walking or cycling.
  • Even when your child takes to driving or motorcycling, your help and support will be invaluable so don’t stop talking with them about minimising the risk to them and those they travel with.

In this year’s Road Safety Week (20-26 November 2017), ‘Brake’, the road safety charity, is asking everyone to ‘Speed down, save lives’. In the UK speeding is still a major problem. It causes needless crashes, untold suffering and stops people living safe and healthy lives.

Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit. We can all play our part in raising awareness about the dangers of driving too fast for the conditions.

Useful Materials

The following pages will help you protect your child by giving tips developing their survival skills, coping safely in today’s road environment.  Make sure that grandparents, child-minders or anyone looking after your child sets the same example as you do.  And remember, children develop at different rates and only you can decide when your child is ready to move from one stage to the next.

Are your children at Pre-School?

Autumn  Dark evenings and winter weather mean that it’s really important to ‘be safe and be seen’ when you and your child are out and about.  It’s easy to wear or carry something light, bright or reflective and cross roads...

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Are your children at Infant School?

Autumn  Don’t let dark evenings and winter weather stop you walking to school with your child, you just need the right kit!  Make sure your child’s warm coat is bright and that their school bag has some reflective strips on...

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Are your children at Junior School?

Autumn  Don’t let dark evenings and winter weather stop you walking to school with your child, you just need the right kit!  Make sure your child’s warm coat is bright and that their school bag has some reflective strips on...

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Are your children at Secondary School?

Autumn It is a fact that most secondary school uniforms are dark, making it difficult for drivers to see students when they are walking or cycling.  Make sure your child uses well-lit routes to and from school and has good...

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