We teach our kids ABCs and 123s. We teach them almost everything that they need to know at such a young age. However, in the Philippines, it isn’t as prevalent to teach our children about road safety. It’s never too late.
We need to start them young so they can pass on their knowledge on road safety to their classmates and friends! Here are some of the top #roadsafety rules that you should teach your kids as soon as they get home from school.
- Stop and look
Teach your kids to never, ever cross the road hastily. It’s better to slow down, stop, and look left and right before crossing the road.
2. Use the zebra
Always, always, always tell your kids to use the pedestrian lanes! We need to train them to follow rules and regulations on the road so they can make a habit out of it. Of course, as parents, lead your kids by good example!
3. Red, yellow, green
Kids adore colors! Make the most of their curiosity and teach them that green means “go,” yellow means “alert,” and red means “stop.”
4. Stay by the side
Our kids could often wander away while they play. Let’s admit it, we don’t have the capacity to look at them every single minute of every single day. But never worry, because you can teach your kids that playing by the road is a no-no. Start by telling them that they can only walk along the sidewalks and never the main roads. Also remind your kiddos to play far, far away from the roads where cars pass by.
Show them the photo above and ask them what’s wrong with it.
5. Buckle up!
Whether your kids still need child car seats, booster seats, or are ready to go seat belt only, always remind them to buckle up! Never, ever start the car without being sure that your kids are snugly fitted and protected in your backseat.
In the Philippines, 500 of the road crash fatalities each year are children. Additionally, road traffic injuries are among the top 3 causes of death for those 5-24 years old. It is also the top cause of death among those 15-19 years old, followed by self-inflicted injuries and maternal conditions.