Specific teaching points about safer travel

Safer crossing places

  • Remember to use the Green Cross Code.
  • Always cross using safer crossing places such as Zebras, Pelicans, Toucans, Traffic Islands, subways and footbridges.
  • Remember that a School Crossing Patroller can help us cross roads safely.

On foot

  • Understand terms such as road user, pedestrian.
  • Make sure younger children always hold hands with an adult.
  • Walk on pavements whenever possible, well away from traffic (or the verge, facing oncoming traffic if there are no pavements).
  • Be considerate to other pedestrians.

Keeping safe in the car

  • Understand terms such as driver, passenger.
  • Always make sure seatbelts are fastened securely on every trip.
  • Use a booster cushion, child seat, or restraint appropriate for the child's height and weight.
  • Get in and out of the car on the side furthest from the traffic.
  • Don't distract the driver - keep calm and don't mess about.

Being seen in bad weather or the dark

  • Make sure drivers can see them by wearing something bright and fluorescent during the day, particularly in bad weather.
  • Wear something reflective at night time, or carry something white.

Dangers and hazards on the roads

  • Be careful where there are roadworks, as it may mean stepping off the pavement into the road.
  • Look out and listen for emergency vehicles, stand well back from the roadside as they can speed past.
  • Look out for cars that are reversing, especially on driveways.
  • Never ever play on or near roads, as traffic can be dangerous; use playgrounds or parks.

After using our Road Safety programmes, why not test your pupils' road safety knowledge with the new, interactive Street Smart Quiz? You can play with either one or two players.