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Traffic education - the sooner, the better

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Traffic education - the sooner, the better

Children are particularly at risk because of their small size in traffic. It is therefore all the more important that you teach your child at an early stage where the dangers lurk and how they move as safely as possible in the public traffic area. However, you should never forget that children can depend on the established rules reliably only from a certain age.

Children are easily overlooked in traffic as they move under the natural vision of car and motorcyclists. As a parent, you can make sure your child is clearly visible: reflectors, eye-catching clothing, and flags on the children's bike draw the attention of other road users to your child. Nevertheless, it must learn as early as possible to move safely on the street.

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When does the traffic education start?

Even when your child is sitting in the stroller, you can show him by your own behavior what is appropriate in road traffic. Children learn through what they experience. This includes the use of crosswalks as well as the rule never to go over red lights. Act in an exemplary manner according to the applicable traffic and safety rules and show your child the correct traffic-safe behavior right from the start. In the kindergarten, the traffic education will be continued later: here, too, the educators make it during trips with the children before, further educational measures take place, for example, by a representative of the traffic police.

How to make your child a competent road user

Traffic education must be fun! In addition, the children must gain insight into why certain rules must be observed in road traffic. Here's what you should teach your child as early as possible:

  • On the sidewalk the garden fence side is used.
  • At traffic lights you can only walk across the street in green.
  • If a traffic light or zebra crossing is in sight, the road must always be crossed there, even if the child has to walk a bit.
  • Before crossing a road, the left-right-left view must be used.
  • Your child must never cross the street between parked cars or other obstacles.
  • Before crossing the street, traffic lights and zebra crossings always have to be looked for in the eye of the waiting motorist.
  • At entrances and exits there are special dangers due to suddenly appearing vehicles.
    These rules can already be learned by children over the age of three, but bear in mind that because of their development, young children may not yet be able to follow them with absolute reliability.

This is how children see the traffic:

  • Due to its small size, a child has a limited field of vision and can capture only a small part of the traffic. In addition, it has a small stride and is therefore progressing slowly.
  • Children can hardly judge from which direction noises come. It can only detect one to three traffic objects per second (twice that for adults).
  • Children can only estimate inaccurately the distance and speed of vehicles.
  • Children are not aware that every vehicle has a braking distance.
  • A child can not assess other road users and their intentions and can not judge if and how others perceive and understand it.
  • In principle, children are jumpy, curious, impatient and easily distracted. This makes them unpredictable road users.

To make a child a safe road user, only constant practice helps. As a rule, children are at the earliest elementary age so far that they can walk alone on the road. Children can handle cycling from the third grade onwards. Only then did they learn to concentrate on more than one thing.

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