Encouraging children and teenagers to walk to school is a good idea; however, it's important that children cross the road safely. Evidence base research have shown that young children can't judge how fast vehicles are going or how far away they are. That teenagers are easily distracted on the roads, especially when they're with a group of friends. Parents are often best placed to help their children learn how to stay safe while on foot. But all of us should pay attention to the rules of the road, especially when walking, crossing or driving.
Parents should ensure that their children get the right safety education and do not play or ride bicycle on the highways. Itís important that school children and teenagers take extra care and concentrate properly on the traffic; even if they're with a group of friends. The following distractions are major causes of accidents among teenage pedestrians and should be avoided: Talking to friends; Playing on the roads; Listening to music; Reading while on the road; Text messaging (Charting!); and Playing mobile phone games.
Drivers and cyclists are urged to be careful near schools, churches, mosques, markets; snack shops, or packs because children are more likely to be fund in such areas. Campaigns such as the Abbakin Glova Solution Ltd (AGSL) Road Crossing Code for School Children help children and teenagers learn safety behaviours while on the road. The Street Smart is our Traffic/Road Safety Program that educates all Pedestrians about the safety guidelines - including the school children, teenagers, parents, the elderly, and the physically challenged.
While Walking or Crossing the Roads, the Following Tips will Help you Stay Safe:
#1. Always wear bright, fluorescent or reflective clothing, especially in poor light.
#2. Be prepared to walk in single file if there are several of you walking.
#3. Always use the pavement and keep to the right-hand side of the road.
#4. Keep close to the side of the road on narrow roads.
#5. Always find a safe place to cross a road, be careful, listen and pay attention!
#6. If there is a sharp bend in the road, it may be safer to cross the road well before the bend. So that the on-coming traffic would has a better chance of seeing you.
#7. Use a crossing point controlled by a traffic warden, a police officer or your school crossing patrol.
#8. It's safer also if you use a pedestrian crossing, a footbridge or overhead bridge. You'll often find one a short distance away.
#9. Don't use your mobile phone to talk, text or listen to music while crossing the road, and be aware of other road users.
#10. We invite you to browse our website for the 10 Safety Road Crossing Tips for All Pedestrians.
Is this article helpful? Share it with friends! If there is anything you think can be done, kindly leave your comments down below. Please contact your local authority Road Safety Team and find out more about safety campaigns. AGSL provides free safety information for all road users. Our mission is to save lives and reduce the number of injuries on our roads every year.
Undertaking the prescribed courses in Automobile Drivers Education (Classroom and Behind-The-Wheel-Training) at an accredited institution is ideal for families, young professionals and busy working executives, seeking to get the right skills and experience that promote the safety of others like you. You can ensure the safety of yourself and those around you by practicing our safe driving/crossing habits and choosing to purchase one of our driverís education or business packages. Visit: www.abbakin.com or follow us on Facebook/Twitter: @abbakinglova for daily updates!
Recommended Articles for you
Posted 12:15am, Thu 14th January, 2016 by SWIT SUMMER