All children should know how to use the roads safely, to walk and cycle in safety. Road safety is essential for children’s freedom, development and exercise, and of course the roads need to be used with respect. Road safety should be taught by example and guidance with a trusted adult from an early age.
How to cross the road safely
- First, find the safest place to cross. It should be open and you should be visible to passing traffic. Never cross between parked cars or on a bend.
- Always use a designated crossing area if one is available.
- Stop just before you get to the kerb, don’t stand too close to the road.
- Look around for traffic and listen, don’t listen to music with headphones as you won’t be able to listen for cars properly.
- If traffic is coming, let it pass.
- Look around again, just to make sure.
- When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run.
- Set a good example. Use the Green Cross Code yourself.
- Show your child how to use the Code to cross the road when you’re out and about.
- Let your child show you that they know how to cross the road safely. Start practising on quiet roads first.
- Point out dangerous places to cross on local roads. Point out safer places too. Some places may be safer at some times of the day than others.
- Use pedestrian crossings even if it involves a detour.
- Talk about the importance of not using a mobile phone or texting while crossing the road.
- Remind your child that they cannot hear traffic if listening to music through earphones or see it properly if wearing a large hood.
Yes, reflective stickers can be put onto bags or coats.
To be safe on the road you need the Green Cross Code: think, stop, look and listen, wait, look and listen again, arrive alive.
Children are never too young to learn. You could introduce road safety by talking to your child and explaining your decisions when crossing the road safely. Lead by example.
On dull days your child can wear bright or fluorescent colours. Fluorescent armbands can be worn over coats and bags are also available in bright colours or with high-visibility strips.
Wear reflective clothing if walking near to traffic at night.