Road safety tips

Here are some basic road safety guidelines of which children should develop awareness.

  • Be aware of potential dangers:
  • wet weather conditions
  • road works
  • congestion and distractions (e.g. mobile phones, conversations).
  • They should also have an understanding of:
  • road rules and signs
  • emergency telephone numbers
  • how different types of vehicles travel
  • avoiding peer pressure to take risks
  • how to plan safe routes.
  • As pedestrians, children should:
  • stop, look, listen and think before crossing
  • recognise safer crossing places
  • look out for hazards
  • understand traffic can be dangerous
  • understand what a pedestrian is
  • realise the importance of holding the hands of younger children
  • always be considerate to other road users
  • always plan safer routes for every journey.
  • As passengers, children should:
  • never open doors while the car is moving
  • understand what "in-car safety" means
  • always wear a seatbelt every trip
  • never distract the driver
  • get in and out of the car on the side away from traffic.
  • As cyclists, children should:
  • stay alert and watch for hazards
  • keep the bike maintained (check the lights, breaks, chain and tyres regularly and make sure it's the right height)
  • train to be a skilled cyclist
  • never mess about
  • understand bicycles are vehicles and, if crashed, can cause injuries
  • always wear protective gear (i.e. helmet, knee pads and elbow pads).