Road safety for kids


Every year more than 1,000 children in the UK are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads, but there are things kids can do to stay as safe as possible.

  1. Hold hands with your mum, dad or someone who looks after you and make sure really young kids hold hands too.
  2. Think hard about where you are going and how you are going to get there using pavements and crossing roads at the safest possible places, such as pelican crossings.
  3. Always stop, look and listen before crossing a road. Never cross if you are not sure it is safe and don't follow the bad example of mates who muck about on roads. Play in the park, not near a road.
  4. Always wear a cycle helmet and a high visibility vest when on your bike, and don't cycle on roads that have lots or fast traffic on them, or if you haven't been on a road cycling training course.
  5. If you are in a car, you need a child seat if you are smaller than 150cm. Don't travel without one.
  6. You can help adults drive safely. Tell them to drive at 20mph or slower in town and to slow down on country roads too.

Sometimes it’s fun to travel by train or bus rather than use the car. Trains and buses are safer and more fun, and cars are a big cause of pollution, destroying our environment.

If you would like to find out more about road safety check out the Brake road safety charity page or the Think! campaign website