Road safety advice for parents

School Years

We believe road safety education is a vital part of a child’s primary and secondary education and we know many parents want to be involved too. Below are the key messages that children are currently learning in Warwickshire schools, and how parents can play a part by helping to delivery roadside training every time they go out and about.

Many schools a members of the Warwickshire Road Safety Club and receive regular visits from our Road Safety Officer. However, even if the school your child attends is not a member of the Club, there are actions you can take, as a parent, to help keep your child safe near roads.

  1. Always used the appropriate child car seat for your child and vehicle and ensure it is fitted correctly
  2. Talk to your child about road safety whenever you are out and about
  3. Encourage your child to talk to you about keeping safe near roads
  4. Lead by example – use the Road Safety Code:
    • THINK about road
    • STOP before the kerb and wait
    • LOOK and LISTEN for traffic
    • THINK about what to do
    • CROSS the road safely, looking and listening all the time

Children in primary schools learn the following key messages:

  • Reception Class – hold hands with a gown up and stop before the kerb
  • Year 1 -who can help them cross the road safely and STOP, LOOK and LISTEN
  • Year 2 – safe places to cross the road
  • Year 3 – crossing at junctions and in between parked cars
  • Year 4 – to see and be seen by drivers and other road users
  • Year 5 – to take responsibility for their own actions and lead by example
  • Year 6 – think about the journey to secondary school, new ways of travel, and how to plan a safe route.

As children move on to secondary school, they face many new challenges and travelling to and from school is one of them. It is important for parents to talk to their children about the freedom and independence secondary school brings, but also about the risks they may face during the journey.

As young people begin to think about driving or being passengers in their friends’ cars, parents will also want to be sure that they have a strategy for staying safe.

Driving Ambitions runs in many secondary schools, however even if it doesn’t run in your child’s school there are conversations you can have with them about staying safe, including:

  • Planning a safe route to school
  • Being a safe passenger (wearing a seatbelt and distracting the driver)
  • Alcohol/drugs and driving
  • Speeding

Child Car Seats

It’s never too early to begin thinking about road safety for you and your baby/child.  Below are details of useful resources relating to buying and fitting child car seats – Wearing your seatbelt during pregnancy – Child car seats
Department for Transport – Child car seats
Road Safety GB – Good Egg Guide

Road safety advice for parents was last updated on November 19, 2018.