Wear bright clothing to stay noticed on the walk to school
Safety is always a concern on the walk into school with your kids. Of course parents will worry about whether their child will be noticed by vehicles on the road or other people sharing the path. One way to make the walk a bit safer and more fun is to get your kids wearing bright clothing. This will ensure they stay seen by passing traffic or cyclists if they happen to stray from the footpath.
This doesn’t have to mean they wear high-visibility jackets (try wrestling a teenager into one of those!). You could make it fun by encouraging them to wear brightly-coloured accessories: coats, scarves and hats in the winter; caps and t-shirts in the summer. Make it a challenge with the younger ones and see who can be the brightest.
Being the brightest in class might also mean teaching your child basic street safety. Make sure they know to stay alert for hazards and to always stop and look both ways, listening for vehicles before stepping onto the road. It also helps to have a basic grasp of road signals like traffic lights or stop signs.
Best of all, walking can actually make your child brighter! Research has shown that kids who walk to school have better concentration levels than those that are driven in. It can do wonders in waking them up before they step into school, while educating them about their surroundings and local area. The regular exercise could advance a student up to half a year in their studies.
Walking to school is clearly beneficial, for you and your kids. All it takes are a few simple changes to stay smart on the way in.
The Road Safety Team visits schools every autumn to run assemblies as part of their Be Bright Be Seen campaign. For more information on what the Council’s doing check out the walking to school page.