Advice to parents

The behaviour of young children on the roads is very unpredictable and means that they are constantly at greater risk of being injured in a crash.

Although road safety training and education takes place in the majority of schools in Cardiff and at the Road Safety Centre, parents have an important role to play to protect their children by teaching them basic practical kerbside skills. Parents should also lead by example.

The Road Safety Unit has a number of colourful free publications, which are specifically designed to assist parents/guardians and carers to teach road safety skills to children of all ages.

  • Prepare them for the roads – a guide for teaching YOUR child Road Safety.
  • Get across road safely – two essential guides for parents with children up to the age of 6 years and 7 – 11 years.
  • Teaching children road safety – A guide for parents with children up to the age of 15 years.

If you would like free copies of the above publications please contact the Road Safety Centre.

Related links

  • Campaign for Better Transport – Safer Routes to School Guide
    How to make it easier for kids to walk and cycle to schools Around the country many parents are working with schools and local authorities to make it easier for children to walk and cycle to school. See if your school has school travel plan already.
  • Child Accident Prevention Trust
    Child Accident Prevention Trust is a national charity committed to reducing the number of children and young people who are killed, disabled or seriously injured as a result of accidents.
  • RoSPA
    Road safety resources for teachers and parents together with information for older children. Also a very useful download facility for drivers. Click Road Safety on their webpage to access information.
  • The Highway Code
    Use the A-Z Keyword index to search for your topic.
  • The International Walk to School Website
    The International Walk to School Website.
  • The Walk to School Campaign
    The Walk to School Campaign asks parents, pupils and teachers to think about their journey to and from school, and the many benefits of making it on foot.
  • Think! Primary School Teaching Resources
    This site provides you with lesson plans and worksheets for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. These have all been written by educational professionals.
  • Traffic Club
    The National Children’s Traffic Club
  • Walking School Bus