Your guide to teaching road safety
Lives are at risk on the roads every day – make sure you tell your children about how to stay safe on the roads.
Anyone with children will understand the concerns for safety when on the roads as it can quite simply be a matter of life or death. Whether you are walking your child to school or live near busy roads, your child will need to become aware of vigilance on the road and how to behave safely as a pedestrian.
Teaching road safety should be a priority for all parents and the message from the Department of Transport is a serious one: “you need to use good road safety behaviour or you could come to real harm”.
Hold your child’s hand when they are young and don’t let them run ahead when there is traffic around. Use pedestrian crossings and be sure to wait so that your child learns by your example. Allowing your child to determine the best time to cross will help them to build awareness on their own.
Tell them about hidden driveways and side streets where cars can emerge out of nowhere and insist that they never cross the road between two parked cars. Make sure they learn to look both ways to check that the road is clear before they cross.
Teenagers are also at risk, so make sure you remind them of the dangers of listening to music while on the roads or of crossing without looking.