Does your kid need to cross a road while returning back to the home? The stress level is high when your children are playing on the streets. It’s our duty to teach basic road safety rules to our kids. Here, we are going to discuss some tips to be safe on a road.
We all are well aware that traffic on roads is uncontrollable and yearly the number of accidents are increasing. Parents should give instructions about various safety measures for their children to prevent any bad incidence on the road.
I am a mother of twin girls and my heart is always running fast while crossing the street with them. Kids in our society rlare riding bicycles and I am always on watch duty. Are you like me?
I have decided to teach some road safety lessons to my daughters. So while they are inside a car, going school via bus or crossing the street they know how to be safe on streets.
Here, you will have a list of basic road safety tips for kids.
10 Basic Road Safety Rules Every Kid Must Know
(1) Learn traffic signals
Make sure your kids know the basic traffic signs from an early age. Road safety signs provide guidance to them on how to be safe on roads.
You can teach various traffic signals to your kid by activities and painting or you can talk to them when you are driving with them.
Just take it as a fun game and teach your children basic signs to cross a road. Tell your kids were to walk on the streets and how to use pedestrians.
(2) Safely cross the road
While crossing a road, first stop and look left-right-left to know that traffic is clear. Be careful about cars turning or coming up on the road.
Don’t hurry while crossing and never ever come down from a car or bus while vehicles are stopped for a green signal.
(3) Be seen on the road
Make sure your kids are seen on streets from far so a driver can control the speed before any accident might happen.
Kids are busy playing and unaware if any vehicle approaches closely to them. Sometimes it’s bad weather or bad lights(if kids are playing outside at night) the drive can’t predict your little baby.
So it’s advisable to make them wear bright colors in the daytime and reflective tap at night while riding a bike so they can be seen on the streets.
(4) Use sidewalks and never run on busy roads
Advice your children to always use sidewalks while crossing a road. Kids are not allowed to play or run on roads to prevent any accident on a road.
Encourage your kids to always follow the road safety rules even if the road is empty.
Talk to your kids about how they cross streets and find out how much they use side pathways to go back to their place. By talking, you can ensure yourself about the safety of your kids.
(5) Teach your kids how to use pedestrian/ zebra crossing
Children or adults should not cross the roads in any direction. There are zebra crossings and pedestrian crossings to safely cross the road.
Kids have little patience so they generally cross the road whenever they find an empty street. The risk to turn at any time leads to a major possibility of an accident. So as a parent you should give strict instructions on how to use pedestrians while crossing roads.
(6) Be careful on turn
Sometimes a car doesn’t honk and you can’t see the car coming from the corner so big NO to turn at any blind spots.
There might be a building or any object that is cutting a clear view or you are crossing the street between parked cars which creates a high-level risk of an accident. So children are never allowed to crossroads on turns.
(7) Be alert on the road
Children are full of energy and they are always curious about things they see. And that makes them easily distracted on roads.
We should teach our kids the most basic rule for safety is to be alert while crossing or walking on roads. Never talk or play while crossing the street.
Every time crossing the roads, ask your kid to check signals, look on both of the ways, and be cautious if you hear any vehicle. Never ignore horns and be aware while taking a turn from the road.
(8) Bicycle safety rules
Every kid is passionate about his/her first ride- the bicycle. Bicycle riding is their favorite activity and children often ride them on roads too. There are some point parents need to explain about bicycle safety to their kids.
- Always wear a helmet
- Have a bicycle light
- Do proper maintenance especially check breaks
- Define areas to ride.
- Don’t use any gadgets while riding a bicycle ( children above 10yrs).
(9) Bus safety rules
Many children are going to school on the bus. Teach your kids to never stand near to the road while waiting for the bus. It’s highly risky while you wait too close to the point where the bus stops.
Also never stand near the door or aisels of the bus as if the bus driver has to put break suddenly then chances of fall down are so high.
Ask your kids not to stick any body parts out of the window and never try to come down before the bus stops.
(10) Car safety rules
It’s boring for kids to stay quiet while seating inside the car. They feel restless and do some mistakes in a moving car.
Here are some basic rules your kid should follow while travelling in a car for road safety:
- Always wear a seatbelt
- Never stick any body part outside the car window
- Never throw anything outside the car
- Never leave kids alone in the car
- Don’t open a door while the car is moving
- Never left a car key while a child is waiting inside the car
- Never come out of the car while waiting for the signal to go
- Never jump out of the car before it stops
- Never swap seats in a moving car
How can I make sure my child is safe on a road?
You are lucky to have a playground near your house. Otherwise, your kids will play outside on the streets and you have to be there all the time to ensure their safety.
Many kids have to cross streets on their way back home from school. And they should know how to cross a street safely. Even while you are on a road trip, your kids should follow rules to stay safe in a moving car.
No matter at which age your kid is, road trip will always give you a stroke of anxiety and worry until they come back to home.
How can I be so sure that my children will be safe? The first step is to teach them safety rules while they are growing.
Make sure your child will learn traffic signals and basic road safety tips at an early age.
Your kids know how to cross a road carefully, how to use zebra crossing and when to take a turn from the street. Make sure your little man knows that never stick hands out of any vehicle window and never try to stand too close to the door and jump before the vehicle stops.
Following basic guidelines of road and vehicle safety tips, you can close down many unfortunate accidents before they occur.
Kids should be aware about their own safety and as a parent it’s our role to ensure that with basic education.
How did you make sure that your children are safe on roads?
Have you ever tried to talk about traffic rules and road safety with your kid?
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