Four Tips For Making Your Child Road Safety Aware
Teaching children about road safety is an important life lesson, whether you live in a small town or travel the world with your kids as we did during our family gap year.
Making children aware of road safety can help them to understand not only how to avoid an accident but to make sure they are generally safe on the roads. It gives them the confidence to cross the road safely and teaches them how to make safe choices when they are using the roads on their own when they are older.
How To Teach Children About Road Safety
Here are four tips for making your child aware of road safety and helping them to avoid a road traffic accident.
Talk To Them Before You Go Out
Before stepping outside, explain to your child what the dangers are of not looking where they are going. When you’re outside, you should lead by example – wait for the green man or use a pedestrian crossing whilst you’re with your children. Explain pedestrians have to wait on the pavement until all the traffic from both directions has stopped before crossing.
Use Interactive Methods
The internet has a host of resources available to use and help teach your child the importance of road safety. There are educational road safety websites which have games for learning about the rules of the road, as well as posters and videos that you can share with your children. Books that talk about road safety for children are also a good way of making them aware of what happens if they don’t follow the Green Cross Code guidance on how to cross the road safely.
Another way to engage with children and make them road safety aware is to be creative. If your child is below the age of five, you could use toy cars and bikes, along with toy road signs, to play out different scenarios. For example, teach your child about the importance of being seen when you’re waiting to cross the road and not crossing before it is safe to do so. You can ask them when they think it would be safe to cross and imagine a road put together with toys.
Practice Makes Perfect!
There is no better way to make your child more aware of road safety than by practicing what you have taught them. Go outside and put what they have learnt into practice – whether that be how to stay safe when cycling or walking as a pedestrian. It’s also worth checking to see if your local authority runs a road safety scheme for you and your family to get involved in. Some may have walks you can join to campaign for road safety.
These are just some of the tactics you can use to help your child to become more aware of road traffic safety. What are your tips for helping children to learn more about road safety?
Author bio: Thompsons Solicitors is a personal injury law firm dedicated to standing up and campaigning for the injured. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, our Stay Road Safe campaign provides information on road safety awareness and explains how we can support you with your road traffic accident claim.