July is here and that means that many of us are enjoying hot weather. If you have little ones, then you’re probably thinking of ways to keep them entertained during the summer holidays, or perhaps you’re planning a family vacation abroad. Whatever you do, chances are your kids will be outside making the most of the sunshine.
When you’re out and about, keeping your kids safe and healthy is always your number one priority, but what about those times when you’re not there? To help, here are some simple pieces of road safety advice that you can teach your kids.
The Green Cross Code
When it comes to crossing a road, you’ve probably taught your kids to always wait for the green man, or to use pedestrian crossings. But when they’re out and about having a good time with friends, their attention can sometimes slip.
To keep them safe, teach them the Green Cross Code. This comes in five easy stages: think (find a safe place to cross), stop (in a safe place near the kerb), look (in both directions), listen (sometimes you can hear traffic before you can see it), and cross (when there is no traffic).
The Dangers of Technology
Almost every child now owns a mobile phone and while it’s great that you can get in touch with them and always know where they are, they can be a hazard, too. With apps, internet access and a huge number of friends to text, a mobile phone is also a huge distraction, which is problematic when it comes to road safety. To avoid a dangerous situation, make sure your kids know to put their phone away when they cross a road.
Beware of Parked Cars
Children can be complacent around parked cars, forgetting that someone could be waiting to pull out onto the road. Make sure they know that a parked car doesn’t always mean it’s safe to cross. Teach them to only cross the road when they have a clear, unrestricted view and are at a good distance from any parked vehicles.
If your kids don’t know where they’re going and become lost, they could panic and make irrational decisions which could lead to an accident. To help them stay safe, make sure they have familiar routes to follow. Teach them how to get to school, the local park, or friend’s houses, so that they are aware of any dangers and know where to cross.
Hopefully this will help you keep your kids safe this summer, and help to prevent you from worrying! To make sure they’re always aware of road safety, print this Road Safety Poster and hang it on your fridge.
Have your taught your kids road safety rules?
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