Are your children at Pre-School?
- 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 where you can see and be seen.
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.