Roads are a common feature in any town or city. Everyday, children just like you interact with other road users in many different ways.
Whether you are a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, road safety is everyone’s responsibility.
Take a look at this traffic safety scene. You will see many examples of safe and unsafe behaviour around the roads.
These behaviours can be organised into four different categories: pedestrian, bicycle, driveway and passenger safety. Let’s find out more.
Pedestrians are the people walking on or next to the road. It is very important to be aware of traffic and road safety rules when you are a pedestrian.
Can you see any examples of safe/unsafe pedestrian behaviour?
This family is crossing the road at a cross walk. This important rule helps keep you safe as drivers know they must stop to allow you to cross.
These children are jaywalking. This is unsafe pedestrian behaviour because drivers may not be looking out for you.
Take a closer look at the girl. She is too busy reading and not paying attention to what is going on around her. This is very unsafe pedestrian behaviour.
There are many ways to keep safe as a cyclist on the road. Can you see any examples of safe/unsafe cyclist behaviour?
This family is safely riding in single file in the same direction as the traffic.
This man is riding into oncoming traffic—this is very unsafe cyclist behaviour.
This is a good example of driveway safety. The child is standing with her mother off the driveway and has good control of her dog. Can you see any examples of unsafe driveway behaviour?
These children are demonstrating unsafe driveway behaviour.
They are playing behind a reversing car. Their dog is running around freely.
Passengers are the people in a car that are not the driver. For many children, this is the most common way that they use the road. It is important to remember some rules to maintain the safety of the driver and yourself. Can you see any examples of safe/unsafe passenger behaviour?
These children are sitting calmly in the back seat. This allows the driver to concentrate on the road.
These children are behaving unsafely by arguing loudly. This is very unsafe because it distracts the driver from the road.
Do you know any other rules to help you be a safe passenger, pedestrian or cyclist?
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