Road Safety information for parents

Parents can play an important role in building their children’s resilience, and supporting the key road safety education messages that are delivered through our early childhood and school programs. To help you, we have resources suitable for children and young people of all ages including Smart StepsChallenges and Choices, and Keys for Life.  

We also offer education seminars at various times throughout the year and in different locations throughout Western Australia. You will also find fact sheets and links where appropriate right here on our website.

EARLY YEARS

We all interact with traffic each day. Young children need to be shown how to do this safely and with the help of an adult. Smart Steps is SDERA's early childhood road safety education program that gives parents tips on how to keep their child safe in the traffic environment including choosing and installing child car restraints, setting up playing areas away from driveways, and crossing roads. Some early childhood services and Kindergartens offer parents a Smart Steps education session.



primary yEARS

Every day children and young people may find themselves in hazardous traffic situations. Road safety education is about preparing them to become safer and independent road users.


Primary road safety education fact sheets

Pre-Primary Year One Year Two
Beginning bikers Bike helmet check Bike helmet safety check
Check your helmet Getting kids in and out of the car Car rules
Driveway danger Keeping your kids safe in the car Keep your kids safe in traffic
Getting kids in and out of the car Right for me  Quad bikes and kids
Helmets hug heads Walking to school (1) Walking to school
I'm a safe passenger Walking to school (2) Bikes and kids
Keep your kids safe in traffic Car rules Getting kids in and out of the car
Keeping your kids safe in the car I'm a safe passenger Keeping your kids safe in the car
Making trips safer Kids crossing roads Stop look listen think
Stop look listen think Stop look listen think Buying the right helmet
Walking to school for the first time (1) Choosing and fitting helmets Getting ready to ride
Walking to school for the first time (2) Keep your kids safe in traffic Kids crossing roads
  Learning to ride Wait until the bus has gone
  Wait until the bus has gone


 
Year Three Year Four Year Five
Backseat Boredom Busters  Bus travel Bike helmet
Does this helmet need replacing? Child safety on rural properties Keep your child safe in the car
Keep your kids safe in traffic Entry and exit Quad bikes and kids
Scooters Teaching your child to ride Using public and community transport
Travelling to and from school by bus Scooters Child safety on rural properties
Travelling safely to and from school by car Wait until the bus has gone Know your speed
Buying the right bike helmet Why everyone should wear a restraint Rider rules
Getting kids in and out of the car Buying a bike helmet  Do the three minute safety check
Looking after a bike helmet Cycling on shared paths Pedestrian road rules
Stop look listen think Is your child's bike safe to ride? Scooters
Wait until the bus has gone Pedestrian road rules  Walking to school (1)
Car rules Stop look listen think Walking to school (2)
Is this bike safe to ride? Checking bike helmets  
Quad bikes and kids Does this helmet need replacing?  
Teaching your child to ride Kids crossing roads  
Walking to school Quad bikes and kids  
  Walking to school (1)  
  Walking to school (2)  

 

Year Six
Planning your bus travel
Tips for bus and train travel
Pedestrian safety
Headphones mobile phones and pedestrians
Rules for cyclists
Do the three minute safety check
Bike helmets
Tips for safe riding
Scooters
Quad bikes and kids
Keep your child safe in the car
Restraints for children 7 years and older

secondary YEARS

Parents play a key role in promoting positive road user attitudes and behaviours, and also in teaching their children to drive. The Keys for Life Workshop for Parents is run by the RAC in metropolitan locations and by SDERA consultants in regional areas. This one-hour session informs parents about the Western Australian Licensing System and Log Book, tips on reducing stress when teaching their children to drive and the importance of supervised driving practice. 

Students who attend a Keys for Life workshop with their parents (or the person who will be their driving supervisor) will be given a Let's Practise booklet. Information on four stages to progress through when learning to drive, completing the Log Book (a Department of Transport publication and requirement) and other handy tips about being a learner and new driver are in the booklet.

For further information on the Keys for Life Program please contact sdera.co@education.wa.edu.au

Road map: A road safety directory for schools and communities is a directory that has helpful information, a guide to road safety education resources, and contact details for services and organisations across Western Australia who can support and assist with school road safety education programs and initiatives.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads, in conjunction with SDERA, have developed a number of good practice guides and fact sheets based on evidence based research to assist schools and community groups.

The following facts sheets are predominantly applicable to parents who have children in Years 10-12. The information provides support and advice to parents and young people who are of the age to become a driver.



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