Road Safety resources during the Coronavirus period

It is really important to remember that we all need to stay as safe as possible when we venture outside; whether this is for essential supplies or for our daily exercise. Even though there is currently less traffic on our roads it seems that some drivers are using the situation to drive recklessly, by speeding through built up areas and overtaking dangerously.  We need to stay alert and vigilant, which can be difficult at such a stressful and anxious time, when it is easy to lose our concentration. Whether driving our car or crossing a road thinking about and using road safety is as important as ever.

With children off school they are not getting the same opportunities to practice and learn road safety skills. Therefore it is really important for parents to talk about and practice good Road Safety with their children.

There are a number of online resources for various age groups including children, which can help with Road Safety.

The Government Think website, has resources for different age groups.

Early Years – Resources for children aged 3 -6

Please remember if you take a walk with your children as your daily form of exercise ALWAYS HOLD HANDS and practice crossing the road safely, using the Green Cross Code.

Scooting and Cycling Safely

If children are going out on bikes or scooters make sure they are doing this safely. See our cycling page for further information on how to fit a helmet and cycling skills.

Traveling in the car

If you need to take children out in the car or other vehicle please make sure use the correct car seat and seatbelt. The websites below have useful advice on car seats:

Junior – Resources for children aged 7 – 11

  • Take the lead game - Older children can play by themselves or you can discuss the different road safety scenarios and help them decide which scenario is the correct decision to win the game.
  • Expect the unexpected video - In this film, CITV presenter, Sam Homewood, encourages children to be ‘road ready’ and be safe on the road. Discuss with your child what mistakes the children made and what they changed to make things safer.
  • First Journeys - In this film, children discuss first solo journeys they’re looking forward to and older children share what their first journeys were like. Both groups of children share their top tips to stay safe.

If you have a child in Yr 3 or 4 discuss with them what journeys they are looking forward to doing on their own in the future. Also discuss with your child what they will need to do to stay safe on these journey. Do they know the safest route to take?

To build up to children taking journeys independently, when taking a walk with your children as your daily form of exercise ask your child to explain how to cross the road and follow their instructions. This will help them to develop their road safety skills and help you to trust and have confidence in their ability to do it safely.

Make sure you and your children always follow the Green Cross Code.

Last Modified: 28/07/2020
For more information contact:

Highways & Traffic

Email: highways.transportation@torfaen.gov.uk

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