Teaching children road safety

children crossing road

It is important to ensure children are safe on our roads.  Adults and carers can help to protect young children from harm by teaching responsible road safety from a young age.

There are many practical ways that parents can help - and you don't have to be a road safety expert to do so. These are:

  • Children act on impulse, if this happens while walking, riding bicycles or playing near traffic there is a risk of injury or even death. While children are vulnerable on their own, with the help of parents they can learn about safety on the roads and how to avoid dangerous situations from an early age.

  • Children have difficulty judging - speed and distance, seeing objects in side vision and identifying direction of speed, as well as estimating speed timing
  • Road crashes are the major cause of death for young children - from the ages of 0 to 15 years, approximately 20 are killed and 400 seriously injured on Victorian roads each year
  • Young children cannot use the roads safely on their own until they have been taught how to. Children need to be taught how to:
    • understanding timing and speed
    • crossing roads safely
    • see a dangerous situation and to act in an appropriate manner

How children use the roads

Children use the roads in many ways and are at risk because they do not have the skills and judgment that comes with increasing age and experience. It is important to teach children about the following road usage situations:

How to install child car seats

The correct use and installation of child restraints is another important aspect of how children use the road, a responsibility of not only parents but any caregiver transporting children in vehicles.

We have a range of information and safety tips to help ensure your children are kept safe while using roads. For further information see our partner sites: