• Children under 5 years old need to learn what traffic is, that it can be dangerous, and simple ways of keeping safe, like holding hands
  • One of the best ways for children to be safer is for adults to set a good example when using the roads, on foot or in the car
  • The road environment is essential for children’s freedom, development and fitness but roads need to be treated with respect
  • Primary school age is the best time for children to learn about using the roads safely, ready for more independent travel when they go up to secondary school
  • Most children under 9 years old are unable to judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are
  • The risk of children being involved in a road accident rises when they start secondary school
  • The largest number of pedestrians who are hurt on the roads are between 11 and 15 years of age
  • ">Secondary school children are likely to take greater risks without thinking about the potential consequences. Teenagers need to be taught how to assess these risks and make informed choices when using the road environment
  • ">Children are more likely to die in a road collision than from any other accidental cause – but let’s not focus on the negative – you can help!
  • ">In 2011 nearly 20% of all car occupants killed or seriously injured were 17-24 years old - when they start driving lessons a good road safety understanding will be invaluable

Further Education Establishments

Young drivers’ involvement in road collisions is still a major problem with young people between the ages of 17 and 24 years being the most likely to be involved in crashes with fatal consequences. Most of your students will either become drivers or at the very least, a passenger in a young driver’s vehicle and we have a duty to properly equip them for this.

The cost of driving has also become a problem and students will need to decide whether to learn to drive now or leave it until they can afford it.

Membership of srsCULTUREforSchools will give you access to a suite of tutorials exploring these issues, providing a wealth of information that will help students to make informed decisions on the balance between the costs, responsibility and safety aspects of owning and driving a car.

It will also provide you with the documentation to demonstrate your commitment to road safety education, and with guidance documents to ensure your establishment’s compliance with current road risk legislation, including the protection of your staff who drive for work.