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Road safety education: best with all the family

Teaching Road Safety: best within the family

13/03/2015

Although road safety is part of the school curriculum, the emotional component, which is learnt from family, forms the foundation of their education.
It is important that we are completely aware of the fact that our children are going to do what they see us doing. If they feel that we are serious about following the rules of the road, then it will naturally become important to them too. If they see that before starting the car we adjust our seatbelt, that we stop at Zebra Crossings and always wait for the lights to change to green before crossing the street, they are learning good behavior. They are learning road safety.
We can explain to them why it is important, so they are safer. We can tell them many interesting things about car seats and how they are for their safety but they must first see that our words and our behavior go hand in hand. With simple every day gestures they will begin to learn that a correctly adjusted seatbelt is totally necessary so avoiding any further discussion on the subject.
This sort of responsible behavior during our daily trips by car, on public transport or on foot can have a serious effect on their behavior and education (present and future).
The opposite is true when adults, for example while walking down the street, cross over while the pedestrian light is red, we are encouraging children to copy us, which, if they have an accident would make us responsible.
Every day responsibile behavour is the best lesson we can give them and the best way to look out for their safety. Fasten your seatbelt, wear a helmet on a motorbike and bicycle, and respect the road signs and other road users: seeing us do these thing are practical lessons on road safety. It is a lesson in values, a task in which we can all collaborate but in which the role of the family is fundamental.

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