With the clocks going back, our days are now shorter meaning that children are walking to and from school in poor lighting conditions.
For Road Safety Week we looked into the statistics of child causalities on the road. We found that children are most likely to be hit the hour before and the hour after school and 40% of those casualties are from walking.
To prevent this from happening here are our top tips on keeping kids safe on the road this winter.
If your child walks to school, it’s recommended to buy a Hi-Viz vest so they can stand out to motorists whilst walking at the side of the road. We know some of those older children may not be so keen, but it’s definitely worth getting younger children involved and into the habit from an early age. For the older ones, bright clothing is recommended or reflective strips on the backpacks.
Use pedestrian crossings
With visibility being poor it’s best to use a crossing where possible so cars can see you and are made to stop. No-one should be crossing the road between parked cars.
Use the whole pavement
As a rule of thumb children shouldn’t walk near the curb on the pavement, but this should be taken into further consideration when the paths are slippery from ice or snow. If your child slips and falls near the curb there is a chance they can fall into the road, so the further away they are the better.
Concentration when walking and crossing the roads is extremely important. Teach your children to keep theirs head up from their phone when walking down the road, especially when they are looking to cross it. This also includes headphones as these will make them less aware of their surroundings.
Although there is no set age when children can walk to school unsupervised, a parent poll said that 10 is the best age to let children walk to school unattended. This also depends on the maturity of your child, but if your route to and from school has bad lighting and sits on a main road it might be worth considering supervising your child during the winter months.
We hope you stay safe this winter. If you have any other hints or tips let us know in the comments below.