Getting Your Kids Road Smart

10/01/2019
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When it comes to road safety, it’s never too early to teach your kids the basics. Getting them road smart from an early age will set them up with some of the skills they’ll need once they start driving. So, how can you teach your kids to be road smart? Here, you’ll discover some of the best tips you can follow.

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Teaching road safety ABC

One of the first things you should teach your kids about, regardless of their age, is road safety ABC. This stands for Awareness, Behaviour and Choice. Lessons in road safety ABC can be adjusted to fit each age group.

If you child is under 8 years old, they can typically be taught A and B lessons, though they should never be allowed to use the road without an adult. This is because they are unable to judge distance and speed, understand the dangers and they can’t see all of the hazards in front of them.

Older children can also be taught lessons in C and will be able to make some of their own choices from different options provided to them. However, you’ll still want to go over the A and B lessons again too.

Encouraging car safety

It’s not just road safety you’ll want to teach your kids. You’ll also want to teach them more about car safety too. This includes things such as making sure they put a seatbelt on and understanding the dangers. For older children and teens, you can teach them about how far your vehicle needs to be from the cars in front and why it matters.

Showing them how to look in the mirrors to check for hazards is also a good lesson to teach. The older your child becomes, the more in-car safety lessons you’ll be able to give them.

Buying them their first car

Once your teen is ready to hit the road, they’re going to need a reliable and safe car. Unfortunately, they are likely to be less than impressed by swapping style for practicality. However, you’ll find a lot of newer models combine both style and safety, so if you take a look at the cars offered by sites such as Fow.co.uk, you should be able to find something that gives you peace of mind, while also keeping your teen happy.

Overall, it’s never too early to start teaching your kids about road safety. Even children as young as two can start to develop more awareness of the A’s and B’s of road safety. The above is just some of the best ways to ensure your kids become road smart. Remember, the earlier you start teaching them about road safety, the safer they’ll be once they actually do learn to drive.

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