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Road safety for dark mornings

Wednesday 15th December 2010

Sixteen children aged 0–5 were killed and 413 seriously injured on Britain’s roads in 2009 and the Department for Transport promotes the importance of being safe on the roads at night.

Children are learning about road safety at their school but as a parent or carer you also play a big part in helping your child to learn how to stay safe. Children will copy adults’ behaviour, so if they see you taking risks they will probably take risks too.

One of the best ways that you can help your child to stay safe is to set a good example when using roads, on foot and in the car. This resource will also help you to show your child how to recognise traffic, how to behave in the street and how to cross the road safely when with you. It also contains guidance on how children can Be Bright, Be Seen and the law relating to child car seats and seat belts.

Research shows that young children can’t judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are.
If you’re a motorist then you’ll know how difficult it can sometimes be to see pedestrians wearing dark clothes at night or when visibility is poor. Your child will have been learning the road safety message ‘Be Bright, Be Seen’ at his or her nursery or school, and it’s important that you as a parent or carer help your child to be easily seen near traffic, as well as setting an example to your children by wearing something bright or white too.

Check out the Think! Road Safety resources at the Department for Transport website.


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