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 Steps, Challenges 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.
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.
Early years road safety fact sheets
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.