6 ways to teach your kids about road safety

What's the best way to pass your road safety skills on to the next generation? Here's how Mumsnetters have made the message stick

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1. Make it playful 

Boys playing with toy cars

"I've always taught my children with toys, so I bought a road layout and some toy cars and lorries. We made it a game, and it taught them a lot about road safety from a young age. It doesn't have to cost a fortune either - I found most of the stuff in charity shops."   

"We drew our own zebra crossing with chalk across our cul de sac, and then used ride-on cars and bikes to practice safely crossing the road."

"The kids love toy cars so, using their action figures and the remote control cars, I set up a mini safety 'racecourse' for them." 

2. Turn to music

Hedgehog campaign

"I tracked down the hedgehog campaign and showed it to my kids. That was a fantastic way of explaining road safety in a simple and entertaining way." 

"Children are far more likely to remember rules if they're in the form of a song. So think of a well known nursery rhyme tune such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and change the words to include road safety themes."

3. Let them take the lead

Road safety monitor badges

"Get them to be road-safety monitor. They have to check everyone is doing what they should and say when it's safe to cross. Big up the role and how important it is, and that they need to be very sensible and careful. Power is a big thing to kids and will make them take it seriously, as well as remember it."

"I used to let my son take his favourite teddy out when I was teaching him about road safety. I would teach him about crossing the road safely and then he would teach teddy. Worked really well and he grasped the rules really quickly."

4. Rewind and repeat

Crossing road

"Repetition breeds recall. Having the children vocalise rules again and again really helps."

"I make a point of walking to school as often as possible, even though it is inconvenient and gives me a hellish drive to work. I think it's important that children are used to busy roads in peak times."

5. Set the example

Family crossing road

"I think the most important thing to is practise what you preach. I stood waiting ages today at a clear crossing for the green man. If we had gone, it would have taught my daughter that you don't always have to wait for the green man."

"If you're walking along a road with no pavements, remember always to face the oncoming traffic. It doesn't seem like anyone teaches their children this anymore."

6. And don't forget...

Girl running

"Teaching them to look out for cars reversing off driveways is really important. There are loads of cars heading out to work during the school run and little heads aren't always seen in those mirrors. We practice looking for reverse lights and listening for engines to help their awareness."


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