Are your children at Pre-School?
- Long summer days mean lots of time for your children to play outdoors. When you are out walking, taking them to the park or seeing their friends, it’s a good chance for you to teach them how to cross roads safely.
- Always Stop, Look, Listen and Think before crossing the road, because your child will learn from you.
- When near roads, and even on the pavement, always keep between your child and the traffic. If your child is on a scooter or bike, help them to push the scooter or bike across the road, it’s safer that way.
What can you do?
- If holding hands is difficult, use reins, a wrist strap, a ‘buggy board’ or get the child to hold on to the buggy.
- Always use the right type of car seat for your child’s size and weight.
- It can be distracting when driving with children in the back. Keep them happy and calm with games or music which will help you focus on the road. Click here for our ‘Travelling with young children’ page for more detail.
How can you do it?
- If your child doesn’t like the reins or their car seat, make up some games, with rewards for good behaviour, to get them to enjoy the experience and travel more happily.
- Play these games at a time when you don’t need to make a journey, for instance in the home or when the car is parked on the drive.
- For longer journeys, make sure you take regular breaks (at least 15 minutes in every 2 hours).
- Young children are most at risk from walking near roads and travelling in cars.
- In a car crash, a child who is not properly strapped in the right car seat will be thrown about inside the vehicle, injuring themselves and others.
- At this age, children need total protection when walking near roads and travelling in cars.
- This is the perfect time to learn their first road safety lessons.