Teaching road safety to students

The world has bounced back from the pandemic and a school management system has switched to either hybrid classes or complete offline classes. Although the post-pandemic period still has some challenges and safety protocols to follow, for some teachers and students it is better than holding sessions over an LMS portal

As the offline classes start, students have excitedly started coming back to school all through different means of transport. According to the central statistics office and census in 2016, over 30 years it was observed that the number of students who had traveled to school by using self-propelled transport had fallen 25% from 49.5% in 1986. Considerably, if students were no longer cycling or driving to school, what were they using? Public transport. Using public transport in this capitalistic era is the most valid solution and answer because it is cheap, reliable, and gets the job done. In the same span of 30 years, the number of students who rely on public transport or the facilities provided by the school rose to 60% from the initial 24%.

However, there are other trends in the present times which call for more climate sustainable options. Students are trying to use bicycles for going back to school, or public transport so that they can reduce the emissions from personal modes of transport. Whether they are coming to school using different modes of transport or going other places, every child should be aware of the safety rules when they are on the road. 

Just like we don’t need to be a weather predictor to know when it will rain as a common person can predict by simply looking at dark clouds and individual does not have to drive themselves to know about safety rules. They can always be of help to others, and be aware as a precautionary measure to remain safe and sound and keep other people around them safe too.

Here are a few things that educators can teach as the basics of road safety rules;

Safety signal meanings

We all see the various safety signs and signals beside the road. The most common ones include the stop sign, school ahead sign, and no parking or horn prohibited areas. However, there are a bunch of other signs that we might not recognize, and not being able to read a safety signal is a problem in itself. 

Teachers can draw or print out the safety signal with their meanings and hang it on the school bulletin board for every child to see. they might not memorize it in the first few weeks but constantly looking at it through their entire session might make them aware of what the safety sign means. Apart from this, we have the normal traffic signals where green means go red means stop and yellow is a slow down sign for it to turn red. At the kindergarten level, children are taught about traffic rules first and in elementary or middle school they can learn more about all the different Rd signals.

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Rd crossing Rules

The road crossing rules are taught in all elementary classes. Here is a recap if you have forgotten;

  • Check both sides of the road for approaching vehicles, and stop if you see any.
  • Once there are no vehicles on another side of the road, cross it through by walking over the zebra lines and if there are none nearby try to quickly walk across the road.
  • Ensure there are no bends or curves right around the corner that you are about to cross since you will not be able to spot approaching cars through the curve.

Kindergarten and elementary students should always cross the road under adult supervision, and high school students and university students need to be aware of their surroundings whenever doing the same.

Remain alert

There is nothing more important than remaining alert on the highway. There are some things that we learn from the experience for example if you smell some rubber burning on the road it is probably from an overworked tire that is soon about to go off and get away from the area as soon as possible. similarly, students do some other things by the rule of thumb, that we must not try to cross a busy road no matter how slow the traffic is and we should remain alert inside taxis to be extra aware of the traffic on busy roads.

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