Back to School Road Safety Advice


Back to School’ Road Safety Advice for parents, guardians and children:


Travelling by Car

  • All children should be restrained when travelling in a car;
  • Select a restraint that is based on your child’s weight and height and is suitable for the type of car;
  • Remember its safer if children travel in the rear of a car;
  • Never leave children alone in a car.

Walking to School

  • Small children should not cross roads alone. They cannot decide how far away a car is or how fast it is going;
  • Walk the route to school with them in advance;
  • Children walking on country roads should wear reflective armbands and bright clothing;
  • If there is no footpath, walk on the right-hand side of the road facing oncoming traffic keeping as close as possible to the side of the road;
  • Show your child how to cross the road by example. Choose safe places to cross and take time to explain why i.e. footbridges, pedestrian crossings, lollipop lady/man.

Travelling by Bus

  • Teach children to take special care getting on or off a bus or mini-bus;
  • While waiting for a bus, children should stand well in off the road;
  • Before crossing the road they should wait until the bus has moved off and they can see clearly in both directions;
  • If seatbelts are fitted, they must be worn.

Cycle Safety

  • Make sure they are highly visible by wearing a reflective belt or vest and bright clothes.
  • Wear a bicycle safety helmet on all journeys;
  • Check that the bicycle’s brakes, lights, reflector and bell are in good working order.
  • Use cycle tracks where provided
  • Keep reflectors clean