Children act on impulse and 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.
Road crashes are the major cause of death for young children. In the ages 0 to 15 years around 20 are killed and 400 seriously injured in road crashes in Victoria each year.
Young children cannot use the roads safely on their own until they have been taught how to see dangerous situations and how to act. Although all adults and carers can help to protect young children from harm, parents have the primary responsibility and the most direct influence. There are many practical ways that parents can help - and you don't have to be a road safety expert to do so.
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. Parents can help children to use the roads safely in many day-to-day situations:
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 which to help you ensure your children, or the children in your care, are kept safe while using our roads. For further information see: