Teaching road safety is especially important for kids. Whether they are young or teenagers, it’s never too late to start. For many youngsters, driving and walking near traffic are among the most dangerous situations they will encounter. Learning how to stay safe can not only prevent serious injury, but also death.
According to Brake.org, you should always start with the ABCs: Awareness, Behavior, and Choice. Young children should be aware that traffic is dangerous and can seriously hurt people. Behavior focuses on things you can do to stay safer. Finally, let kids know that they are responsible for the choices they make to stay safe.
“It’s vitally important to help shape children and young people’s understanding of and attitudes towards road safety, to help give them the best chance of keeping safe while they’re young and as they get older. Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people worldwide,” states Road Safety Week website.
For teens and young adults, it’s important to keep kids engaged. Have discussions about the dangers of driving, alternatives to driving, and avoiding alcohol and drugs behind the wheel. Take this time to explore issues like safety, pollution, congestion, noise, health, and the well-being of communities. Remember to take this opportunity to learn something as a teacher as well.