Schools opened today!
Our children will pour into the streets with the school bag on their backs and with a surplus of energy from the summer!
But before sending our children to school, we need to keep in mind that, according to the World Health Organization, children are the most vulnerable road users, as road accidents are the second leading cause of death worldwide. the ages 2 - 5 years(Learn about safe school trips).
That is why it is necessary to teach our children from a very early age how to behave on the street, keeping in mind that we teach them not only with our words, but mainly with our example.
These are the basic rules of traffic education that we need to teach our children
A. Traffic rules for children
When we walk on the street:
- We always walk on the sidewalk.
If there is no sidewalk, we walk on the side of the road and on the contrary in the direction of the vehicles so that we can see them and they can see us better.
- When we want to cross, we always choose the place where there is a traffic light or pedestrian crossing.
- We stand in front of the yellow sidewalk line and, if there is not, one step in front of the sidewalk edge.
- At the traffic light: With green for pedestrians we pass, with red we stop.
- If there is no traffic light, check very carefully: look left, right and left again to make sure no vehicle is passing.
- We cross the road vertically and not diagonally.
Passing vertically we reach the opposite sidewalk faster and so we reduce the time we are exposed to the road.
- We cross the road carefully. We do not run, nor are we late.
- We do not play in the street.
There is a risk that we will be hit by a vehicle passing by at that moment.
- Wear light-colored clothes or clothes with reflective - phosphorescent tapes to be visible to drivers, especially after sunset (Find out now why pedestrians are the most "easy victim" at night on Greek roads).
- We respect the instructions of the traffic warden.
- We choose the safest and not the shortest route to school.
B. Traffic rules for children
When we ride a bike:
- We choose the right bicycle size for our age.
- We make sure our bike is in good condition, ie the lights, brakes, bell are working and the tires are good.
- We make sure our bike has front light, rear light and reflective elements on the spokes and pedals so that we are visible at night (Find out now why night driving is considered the 51st shade of gray).
- Wear a special protective helmet.
- Wear light-colored clothes and a safety vest with reflective - phosphorescent elements.
- We drive on the right side of the road and hold the steering wheel with both hands.
- We do not carry things or other persons (eg our friends).
- We drive carefully, at low speed and apply the Road Traffic Code - K.O.K., for example we stop at the traffic light and at the Stop signal ( Find out the correct safety distance between two numbered vehicles).
- We do not do "Fights" with our classmates.
- We do not ride our bike on busy roads, because we are endangered by drivers, who may be careless.
- When for any reason we encounter a problem while riding the bike (eg fatigue or difficult traffic conditions), we get off it and continue carefully as pedestrians.
C. Traffic rules for children
When we are in the car:
- We always sit in the back seats in the special seat.
- We never sit in the passenger seat or in the arms of another person, even if he is our parent.
- Always wear a seat belt.
- We do not stand in the car and do not put our hands or head out the window.
- We are quiet and do not shout, because it can scare or irritate the driver and make a wrong decision.
- We get in and out of the car on the sidewalk.
We must not forget that the most important rule is to respect other road users.
If you parents follow these simple rules of the road in your daily life, be sure that your children will adopt them as well. Your own responsible behavior is the best lesson!
Happy school year !!!