Road accidents account for a third of accidental deaths among 0-14 year olds and over half of accidental deaths for 5-14 year olds. In 2011, 2,412 children under the age of 16 were killed or seriously injured on the roads. Don’t take the risk - teach your children about road safety - click here
0-4’s Talking about traffic with your child when you’re out and about is one of the best ways for him or her to learn:
Over 5’s - Teach them the Green cross Code
THE GREEN CROSS CODE
1. First find the safest place to cross
2. Stop just before you get to the kerb
3. Look all around for traffic and listen
4. If traffic is coming, let it pass
5. When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run
How you can help your child and other children
But let’s get one thing clear: it’s still important for children to be outside. Walking is good for children's health and fitness and we support parents who encourage their children to walk as much as possible. Taking your child in the car for short journeys puts more traffic on the road and adds to the problem.Children can be safer on the streets if we show them how.
Crossing between parked cars
Try not to cross between parked vehicles, but if there is nowhere else to cross:
The biggest concern of adults when it comes to children walking and cycling to school is traffic danger.
This fear has driven children into the backseat to be ferried around, with 42% of primary school children now being driven to school.
Once your child is confident on their bike, getting them used to cycling on the roads will develop them in many ways. Not only will they gain a sense of freedom and independence, they’ll also improve their confidence and fitness.
How to teach road safety to your children.
Follow these basics to help you and your child stay safe when cycling:
To find out about courses that help your child gain the confidence to cycle to school, phone the National Cycle Training Helpline on 0844 736 8460/8461. Or find out if you child's school offers Bikeability or Bike It - if your school doesn't have either, pester them!
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century. There are three levels to teach your child, and give you peace of mind:
Teach your child about cycle safety using the tales of the road resources