What can we all do to keep each other safe?
Children are more vulnerable than adult road users, as 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.
For detailed information about child car seat brands, models, safety ratings and legal requirements, visit the Child Car Seats website.
Be a role model
Children are like sponges. They soak up every word, phrase and image they see or hear and turn them into social 'codes', 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 -12 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 road trauma for young drivers in their first months of driving solo and beyond.
Instilling safe driving habits in our kids is extremely important. In their first year of solo driving, young people are four times more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal crash.
Find out more about being positive role model here.
Education in schools
Young children can't use the roads safely on their own until they have been taught how to see dangerous situations and how to act. Although parents have the primary responsibility and the most influence, education in schools also has an important role to play.
The aim of road safety education is to reduce the risk of injury and death from road trauma and to lay the foundations for safe road use throughout life. Road safety education is most effective when parents/carers and teachers work collaboratively to provide classroom and real environment experience.