RESEARCH - Parents (and Other Adults) as Teachers of Traffic Safety

Pedestrians Hold HandsHow did you influence your children to be safe road users? This research report by the British Department for Transport looks at how parents and other adults influence youth between birth and 16 years of age. While these adults see themselves as being responsible, the most common pedestrian tactic is to hold the child's hand. Often this is all that happens and an opportunity for oral instruction is lost.

The report also looks at cycling, seatbelts and driving behaviour and draws a number of conclusions. One of them is that from the perspective of young people, parents, and other adults, are inconsistent or poor role models.

While you may not need the data contained in the report, the ideas it contains are certainly food for thought.


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