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Be Road Safety Aware During School Holidays

The Road Safety Authority advises parents to "make sure your child knows how to behave safely on the roads. If they’re cycling, ensure that they wear the proper protective gear such as a bicycle helmet and high visibility clothing. If they’re walking or playing near roads, make sure they know that they should only cross the road with a grown up and only when it’s safe to do so.

Most importantly, make sure you demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times. Children learn from what we as parents do so if you’re in the car, drive in a responsible and safe manner and always wear your seatbelt.” 

The RSA also has the following advice for parents and motorists:  

If you are travelling by car:

Be aware of children when driving, particularly through residential areas. All children should be restrained while you are travelling in a car, so you must select a restraint based on your child's weight and height, and is suitable for the type of car. It is safer for a child to be travelling in the rear of a car. A child should never be left alone in a car.

If you are walking:

Note that small children should not cross roads alone, as they cannot decide how far away a car is or how fast it is going. Regardless of their competence around roads, children walking on country roads should wear reflective armbands and bright clothing. If there is no footpath, children should be taught to 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. Be sure to choose safe places to cross (i.e. footbridges, zebra or pelican crossings), and take time to explain why.

Safety on Bicycles

Ensure that your children are highly visible by wearing a reflective belt and bright clothes and wear a bicycle safety helmet on all journeys. Check that the bicycle’s brakes, lights, reflector and bell are in good working order, and that your child knows the rules of the road for cyclists.

For more information on road safety for children, as well as interactive games and videos, visit the ‘Road Safety for Kids’ section of RSA website,