Basic road safety is one of those really early life lessons. Take the time to stop, look and listen near roads, be alert, always find a safe place to cross, know that red means stop. But it can be easy to forget the most basic lesson of all: stay noticed if you’re near a road. That doesn’t have to mean jumping about and screaming at the top of your lungs (although, let’s face it, some kids will do that anyway). Instead, Ideas in Motion has had another bright idea.
Idea no. 32: Be the brightest in class. Wear bright clothing to stay noticed on the walk to school.
Decking your kids out in their most dazzling gear can keep them safe on the roads. To be clear, this doesn’t mean wrestling your teenager into a high-visibility jacket (not gonna happen), but using what you already have that’s bright, like coats, scarves and hats in the winter; caps and t-shirts in the summer.
And there’s more good news: walking can actually make your child brighter! Research has shown that walking to school could advance a student up to half a year in their studies. It can do wonders in waking them up before they step into school, while educating them about their surroundings and local area. All it takes are a few steps 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 road safety page.
If you want more information on road safety for your kids have a look at the THINK! Education website.