Road Safety for Children

Road Safety for Children

Passenger Safety

Child Car Seats

Is your child's car seat fitted properly? Council is now offering free vouchers to residents of the Kogarah LGA to have child car seats fitted or checked by an RMS Authorised Restraint Fitter. Learn more

For the latest NSW Road Rules regarding child restraints visit transport.nsw.gov.au

Pedestrian Safety

The NSW School curriculum includes compulsory Road Safety education for each year group from Kindergarten to Year 12 and TAFE. The Roads and Maritime Services consider that the best person to teach a child Road Safety is their parent and their school teacher. Please ask your child’s teacher what they are learning about road safety this year!

For more information on road safety for schools and around schools visit: 

'Hold My Hand!'

  • An adult needs to hold a child's hand near traffic until they are 10 years old.
  • Children are short and cannot see or hear traffic as clearly as adults.
  • Children are quick and unpredictable -- holding their hand keeps them close.
  • Hold a child's hand crossing the road, in car parks, and near driveways.

 

Learning Road Crossing Skills

  • Every road crossing is an opportunity to teach children safe road crossing strategies.
  • Cross the road safely EVERY time as children are watching and learning.
  • Older children will estimate risks based on what they've seen you do.
  • For a great on-line game to help practice road crossing skills, suitable for 7 to 12 year olds, please go to www.uow.edu.au/wic/safekoorikids/

See also Driveway Safety and Parking Safety below.

for safety hold hands when crossing the road 

Older Children

  • Once over 10 years old, a child could learn to walk next to you without holding hands as a first step.
  • Ask your child to demonstrate careful crossing on quiet streets. 
  • Increase independence gradually, and praise your child for careful decisions.
Starting High School
  • New travel routines start when a Student starts Year 7.  For a safe transition to independent travel:
  • Practice new travel with the Student before Term 1 starts.
  • Show your teenager the safest route to school.
  • Encourage courtesy of others and praise your teenager for travelling safely
  • Please go to www.youthsafe.org.


Starting High School 


Driveway Safety

Young children are small, fast and unpredictable. They are vulnerable near our homes as well as out in the wider community. When driving or reversing your car at home or in any driveway or carpark:

  • Place young children in their car seat before reversing.
  • If children are in the home, ensure front doors and gates are locked.
  • Supervise any front yard play

driveway safety 

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Motor Accidents Authority website on  child injury prevention - driveway safety
Dept Infrastructure and Transport brochure about driveway safety

 

Parking Safety

Parking environments at schools and pre-schools can be quite busy.

We share our schools and pre-schools with other families.

Alternatives to joining a pick up queue:

  • Walk from home
  • Park at a local park and walk from there, enjoying time with another family.
  • Try arriving 5 minutes after the rush.
  • Please exercise courtesy and care if it is busy. 
ALWAYS park legally. Road rules are there for the safety of children and for the safety of all road users.

Find out more:

Further Information about Road Safety and Children