How to: Road safety

Teaching road safety to children

Helpful hints and advice

• Where possible, road safety education is best developed and delivered by class teachers, parents and road safety officers working in partnership and supporting each other

• Road safety education should be developmental and progressive, and relate to the stage of development of the child

• Practical is best – ideally use a local (risk assessed) road that the children use

• Where practical is not possible, use photos of your local area

• Establish what the children already understand

• Make it fun and engaging

• Use children to act as role models and teach their peers

• Plan journeys/outings so children experience a variety of roads and crossings

• Get children to take photos and report back when they have been on a journey/outing

• Encourage children to provide full answers (e.g. ‘What did you see when you looked left?’, not ‘Did you look left’?)

• Teach children to identify road signs and street furniture

• Use a car to show you can’t always be seen

• Demonstrate vehicle lights (brake, reversing, indicators)

• Practice listening  - young children enjoy listening and describing what they can hear

• Share and celebrate new practical skills/learning with peers and adults