As a parent, you will have understandable road safety concerns for your child which are likely to change as your child gets older. Road crashes are the biggest cause of death among 5-25 year-olds. But there are key steps you can take to help protect your child.
The website http://www.brake.org.uk provides advice from your child’s birth to reaching the age when they may start learning to drive or be a passenger with other young drivers.
When to allow your child to walk on their own around local roads
✔ Children under eight should always be accompanied by and hold hands with an adult around roads, particularly when crossing.
✔ When your child reaches the age of eight, you should consider whether to allow them to walk independently. It can be a tough decision as you will need to consider their development and weigh up the benefits of them being active and healthy with traffic danger in your area.
✔ When you decide to let your child walk independently, remind them about the importance of crossing safely using the Green Cross Code, paying attention to the road, and help them to plan the safest possible route (along quiet, slow roads with pavements or traffic-free paths) to school, the park or their friends’ houses.
Brake recommends that children under 10 don’t cycle on roads.
Many roads are unsafe for children, particularly fast and bendy rural roads and busy town roads without separate space for cyclists.
✔ Happily, some communities now have great cycling facilities, including separate paths for cyclists, which can be a great way for children to start enjoying the benefits of cycling while they are safe from traffic.
Further information on http://www.coventry.gov. on road safety and cycle schemes.