What can we all do to keep each other safe?
Nurturing safe children
Children are more vulnerable than adult road users. They have less awareness of the risks on the roads, and their growing bodies cannot withstand as much force in an impact. As a result, road-related injuries are among the greatest threats to the wellbeing of children in Victoria. There are things we can do as parents, carers, communities and government agencies to help keep children safe on the roads.
- Proper child car seats
- National child restraint laws mandate that all children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size, as this greatly reduces the likelihood of injury or death in the event of a crash.
- Education in early childhood centres and schools
- Young children can’t use the roads safely on their own until they have been taught about dangerous situations and how to act. Although parents have the primary responsibility and the most influence, education in early childhood settings and schools plays an important role. Road safety education is most effective when parents, carers and teachers work collaboratively to provide classroom and real environment experience.
- Be a role model
- Children soak up every word, phrase and image they see or hear, shaping what they perceive to be normal. In essence, they learn how to behave by copying the adults around them – and that includes driving habits. The role parents play in shaping the driving behaviour of their children is especially significant between the ages of 5 and12 years, so it’s important to make your influence a positive one.
- In fact, instilling safe driving behaviours and attitudes at this age can help reduce the risk of death and serious injury for young drivers in their first months of driving solo and beyond.