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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 road-works, 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.