Shorter winter days mean that children will be leaving for school while it is still dark and sometimes even coming home in the dark too, which is why parents should work with their children to help them be seen in the dark. Children who are visible are safer on the roads as they walk or ride their bikes.
How the THINK! Road Safety Campaign Helps Children
The THINK! road safety campaign in the UK is aimed at educating children about the dangers of the road and their surroundings when they are out and about after dark. THINK! aims to ensure that children are visible when they are on the roads, by offering suggestions on clothing and accessories that will help them stand out to oncoming traffic.
Reflective Clothing and Gear
Children should be encouraged to wear brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing that will help protect them in daylight, as well as after dusk. Look for coats and jackets that can be worn over your school uniform for added protection. If you are out and about after dark, reflective gear is essential so that you can be seen by oncoming headlights.
Wear reflective vests, sashes, wristbands and other reflective gear that will make you clearly visible to traffic. Shop with your parents for any other reflective items that can help you such as fluorescent arm bands, stickers placed on your bag and elsewhere.
Cycling After Dark
Children should be taught from a young age how to legally ride their bicycles. Always check lights to ensure that they are clean and in good working order. In the UK, there should be a white light at the front and a red one at the back in addition to a rear reflector. Good working lights will help protect your children.
In addition to having well maintained lights, children should use routes and crossing places that are well lit. When crossing the road, children need to employ the Green Cross Code, and never venture out into the road, especially when it is still dark or foggy, when visibility is low, until they are absolutely sure that the road ahead is clear.
Although Britain’s roads are amongst the safest in the world and the number of children killed on the nation’s roads has plummeted, there is still a lot you can do to teach your children about being visible on the roads after dark, to ensure that they do not become a fatality. Wearing reflective, fluorescent clothing and having working lights on bicycles will make children more visible, and thus, safer.
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