A true story. A couple of years ago my family spent some time in Wales. It was gorgeously sunny and we were spending most of our days at the beach and having late suppers. One evening we decided to get chips and burgers for dinner and popped to Dolgellau – a nearby town. The pavements were very narrow and so we had to walk in single file – I had Joe in front of me. Suddenly the pavement stopped altogether on our side of the road, and Joe, seeing a pavement on the other side, instinctively just ran into the road to cross over. I froze and just screamed, which made Joe run back to me. A van missed him by inches. It was one of the most horrifying moments of my life, one that I will never forget. Everything stopped in freeze frame. We were just so lucky, it could’ve been oh so different.
Each year more than a thousand children are killed or seriously injured in road accidents in the UK. Road Safety is absolutely paramount amongst the skills that parents can teach their children, there are so many dangers out there, and crossing safely is a skill that needs to be taught – it isn’t instinctive. With more cars on the road than ever before, and less school crossing wardens helping our older children cross the roads on their way to school, it has never been more important that children are given the right information and guidance about the safest places to cross a road.
Worldwide Car Rental company Rentalcars.com have put together a fun and informative quiz which is a great way to test your child’s current road safety knowledge (it’s also great to check that you are teaching the right information). Take the quiz with your children and discuss the results – they might even score better than you.