With school back across NSW this week, the NSW Centre for Road Safety has put together a list of tips for a safe start to the term. Parents, carers and kids, keep these in mind when travelling to and from school.
1. Make sure your children are in an appropriate child restraint that is fitted and used correctly.
2. Stick to the 40km/h speed limit in a school zone as children are about and can be unpredictable.
3. Look out for buses pulling out – watch for wig-wag lights.
4. Always park and turn legally around schools and avoid dangerous manoeuvres like U-turns and three-point turns.
5. Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways.
6. Drop the kids off and pick them up on the school side of the road in your school’s designated drop-off and pick-up area. Calling out to them from across the road can be dangerous because they may run to you without checking traffic.
7. It’s safest for the kids to get out of the car on the kerb side of the road to be away from passing traffic.
8. Plan your trip to school so you are using pedestrian crossing areas where possible.
9. Talk with your children about Stop, Look, Listen and Think every time they cross the road. STOP: one step back from the kerb. LOOK: for traffic to your right left and right again. LISTEN: for the sounds of approaching traffic. THINK: whether it is safe to cross.
10. Always hold your child’s hand. Children need your help to spot dangers such as vehicles coming out of driveways. They can also be easily distracted and wander into traffic.
For more information, please visit Transport for NSW’s Back to School Safety page: Transport for NSW’s Back to School Safety.
What tips do you have for making sure your kids stay safe on their commute to and from school?