There is hardly anyone who doubts it that today's streets are more of a battlefield that consists of innocent victims and ruthless killers and which finally becomes simply a dry statistics. The rules of the road are perfect in theory, but it turns out that they can't be really relied on in practice.

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How To Teach Your Children Stay Safe On The Road
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You can not even trust the conscience of most drivers who sit behind the wheel under the influence of adrenaline rush, of their expensive and fast cars' characteristics, or even worse, of alcohol or other opiates. And the worst part is that in such situations the most common victims are out children, who are also injured at presumably safe places, such as walkways, bus stops, etc. Unfortunately, there is no one else who can help or protect our children if we – their parents – don't teach them how to be responsible enough to themselves.

Like any other good idea, teaching your children how to stay safe on the road should start from a very early age.

Most kindergartens and elementary schools have included such an education in their curricula. The youngest ones are taught some poems about the colours of the traffic lights, have open classes and are explained how to be careful. This is an excellent starting basis on which we – the parents, both drivers and pedestrians – should use. All the information should be served as a fun game, in order not to bore the children and make them listen to us more carefully.

Normally, the older children in the preschool age, become more independent, which means that our attitude towards their behaviour on the road should become even more serious. Do not forget that at this age children are still willing to listen to what they are told and be more responsible.

You won't let your five-year-old cross the street by themselves, but there are some rules you should teach them to in order to make a habit. Here are are few safety rules you should teach your children to:

•    Always look around when crossing even the narrowest neighbourhood street.
•    Always cross at the walkways, and make sure that the drivers, if any, have seen you and have slowed down.
•    Gross the street when the traffic lights go green – never when they go yellow, and absolutely never if they are red.
•    Step on the edge of the side-walk before you cross the street. Do not run, do not stop, just keep the same pace until you get to the other side of the street.
•    If you are scared to cross the street alone, ask an adult to help you or wait for a larger group of people to gather. There is nothing to be ashamed of when asking for health.

First grade is usually crucial to every child
Children suddenly fall into a completely new environment after the kindergarten, which means that the basic rules we already mentioned get one by one into action. The most important thing you should make your children understand is that the street is not a place where they can play and they must become more responsible to their own safety.

Remember that no rule or advice will be efficient without your own example as a parent
Personal example is the best teacher. You should confess that it is wrong to say something and do exactly the opposite. Of course, adults are far more confident on the road and sometimes we all take risks on the road, but this can make your child think that rules can be circumvented. Make sure you do exactly the same you are trying to teach your children to in order to be sure they have a good example.
July Minor
About the Author:

July Minor loves to write about children. She currently works at http://www.shinylondon.co.uk/house-cleaners-wood-green-n22/ but she studies to be a teacher.

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