Centre for Road Safety

Children are vulnerable and need adult supervision.

Keep a careful watch

Children’s desire to explore can lead them into danger. Children are more likely to be injured close to home, often in their own street or driveway. Adults need to talk to children about road safety in ways they will understand, keeping messages simple and clear. Even at home, parents and carers need to watch young children carefully, as they can move quickly, especially when left unsupervised.

Whenever children are in a car, they should be safely buckled-up in child car seats that are correct for each child’s age and size. Authorised Restraint Fitting Stations offer expert help on fitting and adjusting child car seats.

While driving, adults can explain how child car seats and seatbelts keep us safe, why it is best to use the Safety Door (rear door closest to the kerb, footpath or gutter and away from the road) to get in and out of the car and other passenger safety messages. By holding their hands when walking and teaching them safe behaviour, you can protect them from danger and help them become safer pedestrians.

Setting family rules about playing safely, away from footpaths and driveways can help keep them out of harm. Songs and Rhymes For Young Children uses music to deliver road safety messages.

Adults need to make sure children hold a grown-up’s hand, wear a bike helmet, or wear a seatbelt, even though they may resist.

Kids & Traffic has more information on childhood road safety.

For road safety activities in your local community, contact the road safety officer at your local council.

Search online for Authorised Restraint Fitting Stations, phone Roads and Maritime Services on 13 22 13, or NRMA Motoring & Services on 13 11 22.