This section explains the key things you need to teach your children about staying safe when crossing the road, walking, biking, taking the bus and even playing around home.
Being road smart doesn't necessarily come naturally. You need to teach your children how to be safe pedestrians and how to be safe passengers whether travelling in a car, bus or train. It's not just about telling them what to do – children learn from what adults do, so you need to model safe behaviour.
An important part of teaching your children road safety is to model safe behaviour yourself and talk to your child about what you are doing and why.
Follow these tips on keeping safe while walking and crossing the road.
You can also find more information in our guide: Hike it, bike it, scoot it, skate it.
Working alongside initiatives such as walking school buses and school travel plans, the Feet First teacher resources The project includes national curriculum content provided online for teachers covering:
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Teach your children good habits by biking with them.
Think about enrolling your child on a cyclist skills training course, which can help them build their cycling confidence and skills.
See more information about how to keep safe when cycling.
Check these tips on teaching your children how to board, travel on and leave buses safely.
And follow this advice when picking up or dropping off children at the bus stop.
In the car, it's important for children to have the appropriate child restraint that is fastened correctly in the vehicle. Make sure:
children sit in the back seat
children use a child restraint or booster seat that fits them
that you drive to the conditions.
Learn about other vehicle safety features that can protect you and your passengers in a crash.
Ensure children get in and out on the footpath side of the car.
Park safely, away from yellow lines, intersections and driveways.
Drive slowly outside schools and be prepared for surprises.
Never double park outside a school.
Walk to the school gate with your children in the mornings.
After school, walk to the school gate to meet your children and walk them to the car.
Take extra care on wet days.
Remember, your children need to be road smart around your home too. They should only play outdoors in areas that are well fenced and away from traffic, including driveways.
Talk to your child about what to do if a ball, toy, pet or other item goes on to the road while they are playing: