How to: In-car safety

Teaching children how to travel safely in a car

Key Messages

• Always wear a seat belt (if fitted) and encourage others to do so

• Use a car seat if you can, to help the seat belt fit you correctly

• Sit down and stay sat down

• Do not distract the driver (by fighting, arguing etc)

• Do not fiddle with vehicle controls without permission (windows, radio, heating etc)

 

Ideas to help teach these messages

• Set up a practical seat belt session, beginning with a demonstration of how you wear a seatbelt correctly

• Demonstrate what can happen if you don’t use a seat belt, for example:

   - Put a raw egg in a box and shake it up

   - Use a ramp and large toy car with toys as passengers. First without seatbelts, see where they end up when the car goes down the ramp. Repeat with seatbelts (or equivalent, something to keep the toys in their seats)

• List 20 things inside and outside the car that could distract the driver

• List 10 things that passengers in a car can do to avoid distracting the driver

• Play distraction games to prove how difficult it is for a driver to concentrate e.g. work in pairs, one child to count backwards from 100 while the other one tries to put them off.

• Encourage children to think of things they can do in the car to avoid boredom (I spy, electronic games, listen to music etc)

• Share and celebrate knowledge and skills with peers and adults

 

Resources for download and more information

In-car safety: a few simple messages to keep us safe
(Powerpoint presentation for children aged 7-11yrs)


THINK! Education Early Years & Primary Website

Teaching ideas, curriculum links, activities, worksheets and more resources for children from pre-school age to 11 years


THINK! Education Secondary Website
Teaching ideas, curriculum links, activities, worksheets and more resources for children from 11-16 years


Good Egg Safety website
Advice on child car seats and a seat stage guide

 


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