Road and Car Safety

ROAD SAFETY MATTERS

Your child is learning about road safety at his or her nursery or school but as a parent or carer you also play a big part in helping your child to learn how to stay safer. Children will copy adult's behaviour, so if they see you taking risks they will probably take risks too.

One of the best ways that you can help your child to stay safer is to set a good example when using roads, on foot and in the car.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE

Engie (part of NELC) can provide schools/college/ and nursery aged children with information and assistance on Road Safety. The team work closely with various schools across N.E. Lincolnshire, providing road safety awareness through resources such as Junior Highway Codes, Road Safety Events and Road Safety assemblies. This is also available for local groups such as Cubs, Scouts, Girl Guides, Rainbows, Beavers and Brownies. Volunteer groups can also loan out our road safety equipment free of charge.

From a road safety educational point of view, Engie regularly visit schools within the Borough to deliver age targeted assemblies such as Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and even Nurseries.  Each road safety assembly/talk is adapted to suit each school based on geographical location i.e. location of school entrance, how children travel to and from school, if schools have issues such as not wearing helmets for biking to school, etc.  

Up to date resources can be provided which include:

  • Flashing Reflector Arm Bands (can be static or flashing)
  • Flashing Keyrings for Book Bags and Coat Zips
  • Flashing White Lights for fronts of Cycles and Scooters (can be static or flashing)
  • Flashing Red Lights for rear of Cycles and Scooters (can be static or flashing)
  • Small Menouverable Teddies sporting High Visibility Jackets for Nursery Age Children
  • A variety of leaflets and information regarding Road Safety Matters, Tales of the Road (young road user highway code), Seat belts and Child Restraints and 'The Good Egg' guide to in-car Child Safety.

Stanley (aged 5) and Emily (aged 7) modelling some Engie products.

In addition Engie have Road Safety Props such as Pedestrian and Zebra crossings that can be used to role play highlighting road safety awareness which can be hired out free of charge.

Engie are currently looking at introducing road safety education via a professional theatre group which will be fully funded by Engie, targeting years 9 and 10 for the next academic year.  This has been trailed out with positive feedback from Ormiston Maritime Academy (if anyone would be interested this would be allocated on a first come/first served basis within a specific time slot). 

RESOURCES

Think! Road Safety Education Website - This website includes road safety information and free resources for pupils, teachers and parents. Some of the resources will also be useful for: Road Safety Professionals and Out-of-School groups. This is primarily based at children aged 3-11 years.

Think! Road Safety Education Website - This website includes road safety information and free resources for pupils, teachers and parents. Some of the resources will also be useful for Road Safety Professionals and Out-of-School groups. This is primarily based at children aged 11-18 years.

THINK! LESSON PACKS FOR CHILDREN

There are 25 Think! lesson packs that will help you teach a range of road safety topics to children and teenagers of all ages.

The lesson packs are colour coded by key stage and age range, from early years to key stage 4.

Each lesson pack contains a lesson plan, links to road safety teaching resources, and activities; everything you need to plan and deliver effective road safety education.

These resources are not limited to classroom use and we hope that they will be used by anyone with responsibility for educating children and teenagers on road safety, including road safety officers, police and fire officers, out of school leaders, and parents.

Early Years (Under 5)

Lower Primary (5-7 years - Key Stage 1)

Upper Primary (7-11 years - Key Stage 2)

Lower Secondary (11-14 years - Key Stage 3)

Upper Secondary (14-16 years - Key Stage 4)

CAR SAFETY and SEAT BELT USAGE

Using a child car seat or booster seat

  • Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first.
  • Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt.
  • You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.

Height-based seats

  • Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old. Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old.
  • You must check the seat to make sure it’s suitable for the height of your child.
  • Only EU-approved height-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.

Weight-based seats

  • The seat your child can use (and the way they must be restrained in it) depends on their weight.
  • Only EU-approved weight-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’.
  • You may be able to choose from more than one type of seat in the group for your child’s weight.
Child's Weight Group Seats
0kg to 10kg 0 Lie-flat or 'lateral' baby carrier, rear-facing baby carrier, or rear-facing baby seat using a harness.
0kg to 13kg 0+ Rear-facing baby carrier or rear-facing baby seat using a harness.
9kg to 18kg 1 Rear or Forward facing baby seat using a harness or safety shield.
15kg to 25kg 2      Rear or Forward facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield.
22kg to 36kg 3 Rear or Forward facing child car seat (high-backed booster seat or booster cushion) using a seat belt, harness or safety shield.

Manufacturers can now only make booster cushions approved as group 3. This won’t affect any existing booster cushions in group 2 and you’ll still be able to use them.

Fitting a child car seat

You must only use a child car seat if your car’s seat belt has a diagonal strap, unless the seat is either:

  • specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt
  • fitted using ISOFIX anchor points

You must also:

  • deactivate any front airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat
  • not fit a child car seat in side-facing seats

The Child Car Seats website has information on how to choose a seat and travel safely with children in cars.

Children with disabilities or medical conditions

The same rules apply for children with disabilities or medical conditions, but they can use a disabled person’s seat belt or a child restraint designed for their needs.

A doctor can issue an exemption certificate if a child is unable to use a restraint or seat belt because of their condition.

For more information on when a child can travel without a car seat - please click here