ROAD SAFETY FOR KIDS: What & When? (from the NZ Police)
Baby to Year 1
- Talk about why you are putting them in a child restraint.
- Always put on your seat belt and say you are doing this to keep yourself safe.
- Talk about where and why you are crossing the road.
- Push the stroller on the house side of the footpath.
- Listen to songs & stories with a road safety focus.
2 – 4 Years
- Hold their hand when walking, and make sure the child is on the house side of the footpath.
- Use STOP, Look and Listen to cross the road.
- Watch out for sneaky (hidden) driveways.
- Show them safe places to play. Explain why these are safe places.
- Explain that driveways and vehicle places are not safe places to play. Make sure you know where all kids are before backing out the car.
- Start a habit of kids wearing a safety helmet when using wheeled toys. Supervise them while riding.
5 – 7 Years
- Walk with them to school when they are very young, holding their hand.
- Decide with them safe places to cross the road, and explain the purpose of pedestrian crossings, school patrols and traffic lights.
- Teach them where to wait for the bus, how to behave on it and where to wait when they get off the bus.
- Make sure they know not to run across the road to the car. Park in a safe place and walk to get your child.
- Help them plan safe routes to school as they get older, avoiding railway lines and parks.
- Teach them what to do if there is a hazard like road works in their way.
- Teach them how to get help in an emergency situation.
- Teach them how to walk safely where there is no footpath.