Children under 7
By setting a good example, you can make sure your child remains safe and develops road and traffic awareness. You might also want to follow these simple tips when crossing the road with your child.
On the pavement
When walking near a road it is a good idea to:
It can be hard for motorists to see small children, especially when they are reversing, so take extra care. Never let your child go near a road alone or even with an older child.
Children are generally not ready to cross roads on their own until they are at least eight years old - and many will not be ready even then.
When the time comes to teach your child about crossing the road, remember the following:
Children aged 7 to 11
At seven years old, your child might still hold your hand as you walk them to school - a few years later your child may be going to school without you. It's important to know ways your child can be independent while staying safe on the roads.
Children should not go out alone until they are old enough to know the Green Cross Code and use it properly. The age is different for all children but it is generally not before they are eight years old.
To follow the code, they must:
Walking is healthier than going by car. But your child can't always see what you can see and drivers can't always see your child, where they can see you. You could teach your child to:
Always be sure to:
Make sure your child knows: