– The school road is very demanding for many children. For the first class, the school road is often the first real meeting with traffic. The smallest children are impulsive, playful and easily distracting. Parents and drivers must therefore be extra vigilant ", says training director Safe Traffic, Ragnhild Meisfjord, in a press release.
Do not drive all the way to the school gate
Many parents bring the children to schoolgirls, for fear of accidents, before they continue working. This creates paradoxical chaos and increased risk of accidents.
"Car traffic is a problem at many schools and often creates dangerous situations, so parents need to think about whether it is really necessary to drive the children." If you live within walking distance of school, we advise you to go with the children. Plan the "goose groups" together with other parents, says Meisfjord.
If for various reasons you can not go with the children, but have to drive a car, you need to find a safe place to help the children get away from school and follow the last step on foot, says Trygg Traffic in the press release.
Safe traffic encourages schools to use Heartzones & # 39; around the school so that the school road can be safer. Hartzone is an almost car-free zone around the school. Children are dropped off at selected stops and places outside the school grounds and the speed limit must be low.
"We are seeing more schools across the country now setting heart zones.We encourage parents to contact FAU, the rector and the municipality to introduce heart zones.The theme of the calendar collection at parent meetings can be a start, says Meisfjord.
The training manager also reminds us that all drivers – with and without children – have to be extra aware of the coming time.
– The traffic image changes around the start of the school and the roads fill with small pedestrians. They are not only small and difficult to recognize. They do not understand traffic and can not understand what they see and hear in traffic. That is why we all have an extra responsibility now ", concludes Ragnhild Meisfjord.
7 tips for a safer school road:
- Choose the safest school road, it is not certain that the shortest route is the safest.
- Practice going to school, go to school with the children and talk about challenges that may arise. Then the children become safer on the road and are better prepared.
- Regular routines, be clear and consistent. Repeat again and talk and talk about what is important to keep in mind. For example, always stop at the curb, even if you have green light.
- Teach the children to use their eyes. To be watched must be learned. Teach the children what to look for and how to use their eyes.
- Gradually give the child more responsibility. Join the child until you see that the child is doing the things you have practiced. Then you can start walking a few meters behind you.
- Create a group of boys, talk to other parents and set up groups of boys where you can move a group of children to school.
- Create Heart Zone Heart Zone provides a safe zone around the school. Contact your FAU or your client to find out how school can become a Heart Zone School. www.hjertesone.no