Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is reminding motorists to take extra care on the roads as children around the State return to school.
Motorists need to look out for children on the roads, some of whom may be walking or cycling to school for the first time.
Parents can help prepare their children for the journey to school by talking through the importance of being safe on the roads before they head back to school.
Parents should stress how to cross the road safely without being distracted by friends and mobile phones.
Parents dropping their children off at school should:
- Let children out of their vehicle on the kerbside;
- Never call out from the opposite side of the road, as young children have poor peripheral vision and may not see approaching vehicles when they cross;
- If waiting for a child who is travelling by bus, wait on the same side of the road as the bus stop;
- Take extra time to look for children at intersections, on median strips and on kerbs;
- Avoid parking too close to a marked school crossing;
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully particularly when reversing;
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours;
- Reduce any distractions inside their car so they can concentrate on the road and their surroundings. Switch their mobile phone to ‘silent’ to avoid the temptation of being distracted while driving.
MAC supports the South Australia Police Road Safety Education program aimed at pre-primary and primary school children. The program focusses on using the road system safely, particularly when walking or riding bicycles, and the wearing of appropriate child restraints. More information about the program can be found here >>