Road safety tips

For young children, the years from 7 to 11 are full of excitement and challenge and as they grow in independence, they need to learn to deal with the fast-changing elements of our world. Roads are the most dangerous and complex systems that people have to deal with every day.

  • 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).