Children’s road safety techniques cannot be taught too soon. It is important that young children very soon realise how dangerous roads can be. Knowing how to cross safely is something that could literally save a child’s life, either when they are young or when they are older. People who are never properly taught road safety at a young age tend not to practise it when they are older either.
Many roads do incorporate safe crossing places. These may include crossings that are controlled by traffic lights, for example, or zebra crossings. Other busier roads may have subway tunnels going underneath them, which means you don’t need to cross the road at all.
Look and listen and pay close attention
This cannot be emphasised enough. It is not enough to assume there is no traffic coming simply because you cannot hear it. It may not be as easy to hear if there are other things going on in the area that might muffle the sound. Furthermore, bicycles won’t make any real amount of noise, and you could just as easily be knocked over and seriously injured in a collision with a bike as with a car.
Ongoing training is also very important with regard to children’s road safety. Children may seem to understand the importance of crossing roads safely, but they could just as easily forget how to do it if you only go through it with them once or twice. By practising regularly and asking them whether a particular road is safe to cross, you can ensure they really do understand what they must do. This also prepares them for when they will be going to school on their own.
Get to know the local area
Often you will cross the same roads at the same times of the day. This means it is wise to become more familiar with these crossing points. Does your child recognise which points are safe to cross at, and which ones should be avoided?
If you are reading this because your child has already been injured in a road accident, you may be wondering whose fault it was. If your child used a crossing and did everything correctly, and someone hit them anyway, you might have a chance to claim compensation for them. Call us on 0800 689 0500 to speak with someone at Accident Advice Helpline now.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead