One of the things that parents worry about when the kids start to grow up is letting them go alone on the road. When they start going to school, they have to be on the road. Even to get on the school bus they may need to walk a bit.
So, you must teach your kids the basic road safety rules. Here are the essential road safety rules that you must teach your kids.
You must teach your kids that they cannot cross the road from any point. They must follow the crosswalks only. They must know that the drivers stop only at the crosswalks or zebra crossing. Many drivers won’t even stop at the zebra crossing. So, tell your kids to maintain eye contact with them so that they know that you are about to cross the road.
Look, stop and cross
Your child may have to cross the road to get to the bus stop or a friend’s house. You should teach your kid to look left then right and then to cross the road. If any vehicle is approaching, they should wait. You should tell them never to cross the road at bends and not to cross the road when two vehicles are standing stationary.
The kids should learn about the traffic lights. They should know that ‘red’ means the cars stop, ‘yellow’ means the cars slow down, and ‘green’ means the cars start to move.
The walking signs are for the pedestrians. Here ‘green’ means that the pedestrian can move and ‘red’ means the person has to stop, that is, cannot cross the road. You must tell your kids that they should look left and right despite the signals when crossing the road.
Teach your kids to use the sidewalk always. They can only use the road when crossing. Sidewalks are safe and cars won’t come there. So, there is a minimum chance of having an accident when the sidewalk is used for walking.
Listen to the sounds
You must teach your kids to pay attention and listen to the sounds when crossing the road. It can be extremely dangerous if they talk to friends or look somewhere else when crossing the road. By paying attention they will be able to hear the horns and sounds of vehicles approaching.
Not to run on roads
You must tell your children never to run across the road to get to the other side. They shouldn’t run when walking along a road. They should stay calm when they are on the road.
These are some of the essential rules that you must teach your kids. That way your kids won’t face any problems when crossing the road.