The risk of a child pedestrian being involved in a collision rises significantly at the age when they start school and, up until the age of ten, most children cannot judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are. They depend on parents’ help to teach them road safety skills. An older child should never be put in charge of a younger sibling as it is too much responsibility for them.
A pedestrian training ‘colour as you go’ workbook is available to parents or carers of year 3 pupils. Working with their child to give the vital foundations of knowledge and experience to make safer pedestrians as they grow up this workbook is practical and fun.
Available through schools or contact the Road Safety Team on 01344 351191 or via email at Road.SafetyETP@bracknell-forest.gov.uk
Road Safety Resource Boxes (RSR Boxes):
Available for all age groups RSR Boxes are age specific resources that are available for loan by schools and other groups.
The most popular is for the younger nursery/infant child which focuses on pedestrian safety. It includes dressing up costumes and road crossings mats with beacons.
Please contact the Road Safety Team on 01344 351191 or via email at Road.SafetyETP@bracknell-forest.gov.uk to make a booking for a resource box.
Further advice on teaching your child road safety is available at the Think! Road safety website. The Tales of the Road is a fun and educational resource aimed at young children reinforcing the ‘stop, look, listen, live’ message.
Teenagers expect independence. They travel more on their own or with friends than they used to and are confident that they know what to do around roads and traffic. In fact they over estimate their road skills.
Young people aged between 11 and 16 are more at risk of being killed or seriously injured as a pedestrian in a road collision than other age groups.
- Advice for teenagers:
Give the road your full attention when you’re crossing, even if you’re with a group of friends. Look out for them too.
Don’t use your mobile to talk or text while you’re crossing.
Listening to music is distracting while crossing the road- you won’t be able to concentrate properly on the traffic.
Don’t take chances when you cross the road- cars may not be able to stop, so wait for a big gap in the traffic.