How to encourage road safety in your kids

Teaching our kids about road safety is something we should be doing from an early age. The sooner the better. Here is some advice on how to help our kids stay safe on the roads.

With millions of cars on the road (and even more roads being built) road safety is even more important to teach your child and this week it is the focus of our discussion in the hangout we do regularly with Beckie Whitehouse.

So, how do we start to explain about roads?  What is the best way?

Teaching good practice from an early age will instil road safety and road confidence as your child grows and develops.  Right from the start, even when your child is still in a pushchair, use words such as “it’s safe to cross” “now is good to go”.  Never just use the word “OK” in case your child thinks it’s safe to cross whenever he hears the word.

Encourage your child to look both ways when crossing the road.  Get them used to looking for all manners of transport, not just cars.  Motorbikes can sometimes come from nowhere and, although a pedal bike may seem slow, it get close to you very quickly if you misjudge it.

Other ways to encourage road safety are:

  • Sit on a bench and watch the traffic whilst you are at the shops or at the park.  Get your child used to different speeds of traffic and the flow,
  • Teach your child that, even if a car stops to allow you to cross the road, you MUST STILL look in the other direction to make sure there is nothing coming,
  • When out in the car yourself, talk to your child about overtaking.  The bike you are stuck behind may be very slow but if you have a corner ahead you cannot see what is coming in the other direction,
  • Life is not like a cartoon: if a car hits you, you are very unlikely to get up and walk away.  You could get very hurt,
  • Teach your child not to run over roads or even near roads.  Do not walk on the kerb in case you slip into the road,
  • Be careful with driveways, a car could come in or out at any time.

Here is the chat we had with Beckie:

Apologies for the lost connection at the end of the hangout – it seemed technology let us down. However, the content is still very useful – so here you go; still a great 5 minutes of useful info!

How have you taught your child road safety?  Have we missed anything? As ever, please leave your comments below:

 

21 Comments

  • In today’s world it is very important to Teach your child about road sense!these tips are also beneficial for us too!thanks for compiling such a great tips

  • We use large removal lorries fitted with tachographs. This is to help with road safety and minimise any risks to other people and children using roads.

  • Nice share.. It is very essential to make your kids realize about the road sense. Today many accidents takes place. You have mentioned a great topic.

    Road safety messages must be shared as much as possible to make people realize about it. Injuries calls for accident lawyers. It is very important to hire the right type of lawyer for your case.

  • I continue to drill in road safety messages now even as my eldest becomes a teen… We always wait for the green man and no texting and walking!!!

  • yes,I think so the children are very inportant for us.thery are all everything in the world.I love my son very much.thanks for sharing.this article is very good,it give me some reminders.I will do my best for my children.

  • Oh this is really great Helen. POD will be 5 on Christmas Day and her road safety is dreadful although her awareness has improved. We were hoping to get into the local school 10 mins walk away so we could teach her every day. Sadly we got sent further away so have to get the bus/drive! This is very useful though – especially the tip about sitting down to watch the traffic :)

  • We are very lucky that we have a Streetwise centre locally and the kids go up with school to learn about safety. I still use the green cross code with mine

  • A very important message. I have a post on my blog where I took photos of my son between about to cross (he wasn’t he stayed on the pavement) between parked cars to show him where he was, and what he looked (or didn’t look) like to a car coming down the road. We also make sure we wait for the green man to cross even if it seems clear as children can’t judge properly until they are about 9 years old.

  • I think it is so important to teach road safety and both my boys have been good from an early age. I still won’t let my 4 year old cross without holding my hand or the buggy. Great tips

  • It always amazes me some of the things parents do with children round here, I can be driving along and they push the buggy in the road while they stand on the curb, scares the life out of me. x

  • Great tips! I always take my kids hands when about to cross the road, no matter how “big” my 5 year old claims to be! We stop, look, listen and look again before crossing, even at zebra crossings!
    They like to press the button to wait for the green man too

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