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Road Safety

Online resources for children

Road Safety - Secondary Transition  

 

Key Stage 2 Road Safety Quiz

Answer Sheet

Walking with Ziggy Zebra

Key Stage 2 Road Safety Word Search Puzzle

Year 1 or 2 Road Safety Wordsearch

 

THINK! Education resources

There are excellent free resources on the THINK! Education website - divided into ages 3-6 years, 7-12 years and 13-16 years.

BMW Group – Education

A fun road safety website for 7-11 year olds, parents and teachers.

Brake

The road safety charity Brake has some free to download resources for educators.

Ready Set Ride 

Created HSBC UK Ready Set Ride, includes free, quick and easy games to help you teach your child how to pedal – having lots of fun along the way.

Road Safety Scotland

Learning Zone for pupils of all ages 

South Wales Police

Stay at home activities for younger children

Twinkl 

Twinkl currently has released some of their road safety resources for free during this time.

 

 APPS

Virtual Road World

Developed by Cardiff University, aimed mainly at seven to nine-year olds. Available from the Apple Store

 Ready Set Ride

Available from the Apple Store and Google Play

 

Other Information Sources

Good Egg Guides   

Living Streets 

RoSPA  Accident Free Avoid A & E

Sustrans 

Links to the websites of all RSW partner organisations can be found here.

 

The DVLA Code Challenge will be launching very soon – we’ll keep you posted as soon as information is released. One of the 2020 themes will be a Road Safety Wales challenge on Safer Active Travel.

We hope that you will be able to promote the initiative as this year as children will be able to take part by developing their games at home and entering the competition as individuals.

We look forward to sharing the announcement with you shortly.

 Please let us know if your organisation has content which you would be happy to share, or if you are aware of further resources that others may find useful.

 

ID: 6307, revised 11/06/2020

Child In-Car Safety

It is vital that parents ensure that children are securely fitted into child seats or seat belts on every journey.

It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that children are securely belted in when travelling by car and that a child under twelve years of age or under 135cm in height is using the correct child restraint.

More information can be found at:

Child car seats: the law

ROSPA - Child Car Seats

For a guide to find out if you have the right car seat please visit Good Egg Safety

 

We offer a FREE service to check that:

  • The seat is suitable for the vehicle
  • The seat is fitted securely in the vehicle
  • The seat is appropriate for your child

We will demonstrate the safe fitting of your child's car seat, in your vehicle, and supply you with an in-depth guide to child car seats that will give you advice on what seat is suitable for your child and the legalities.

Please call us on 01437 775144 or email road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk  

ID: 1685, revised 21/08/2017

i-Size car seat regulations

i-Size is the new set of regulations for child car seats and came into enforce in summer 2013. Parents should familiarise themselves with the requirements to keep their children safe.

i-Size makes travelling in a car with your child safer because:

  • your child should be kept rear facing until they are 15 months old
  • the age, weight and height of your child is used
  • Isofix seats should be used which are easier to fit
  • your child is protected from side impact
  • greater protection is given to your child’s head, neck and vital organs

A video highlighting the Rear facing car seats vs Forward facing car seats can be seen here for your child's safety keep them rearward facing as long as possible. 

For more information, visit the  i-Size website.

ID: 1687, revised 21/08/2017

The new booster seat rules

The changes in the safety standard will mean that all newly produced booster cushions will be illegal to use for children under 22kg and shorter than 125cm.

However, if your child is over 22kg and 125cm they will be able to use them.

 

What if you already have a booster cushion?

If you already own a booster cushion which states it conforms to ECE R44/04 Group 2 – 15kg minimum weight, then it will still be legal for you to use with a child who is 15kg or heavier.

A booster cushion offers no head, side or upper body protection; it is not the safest option for such a young body.

And when there is a safer option of a high backed booster seat which does have these safety features it would make sense to encourage parents to use these.

Please take a moment to watch this clip and see what the difference a high back booster could make to your child in a collision 

ID: 1688, revised 21/08/2017

Pass Plus Cymru

Congratulations if you have just passed your test….Did you know there is further training available? 

Pass Plus Cymru can give you practical experience of motorways, dual carriageways and a busy urban environment - essential training in conditions not found in Pembrokeshire. 

Pass Plus Cymru is aimed at young drivers (17-25) who have recently passed their test. It aims to help newly qualified drivers improve driving skills, gain extra experience, and possibly obtain a discount on their car insurance.

What’s involved?

The course requires young drivers to attend a two and half hour interactive tutorial at

Haverfordwest Fire Station, Merlin’s Hill, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1PE

And a nine hour paired drive with a Pass Plus Cymru registered Approved Driving Instructor.

The Pass Plus Cymru scheme focuses on :

  • Heading off on the motorway
  • Driving techniques and hazard awareness
  • Getting around at night
  • Coping with busy towns and cities -
  • Driving on rural country roads
  • Thinking ahead – just like you’re doing nowAlso covered are defensive driving, hazard awareness, concentration, speed, drugs and drink driving, safe attitudes and behaviour. 

For further information, please contact an officer in the Road Safety Team. Alternatively you can book a place on a course by ringing 0845 050 4255 or visiting Pass Plus Cymru Booking Form

Useful Links

Deadly Mates

ID: 1664, revised 03/03/2020

Drive for Life - Older Drivers Refresher Course

Experienced motorists aged 65+ can brush up their driving skills on a free one day refresher course.

The Drive for Life aims to provide experienced drivers who are driving regularly with an overall update on all aspects of safe driving.

The day is split into two parts, the first is a theory based classroom session followed by a light lunch than a practical session with an approved driving instructor.

The theory sessions covers topics such as:

  • The Highway Code
  • High Risk area's (Junctions and roundabouts)
  • Health and mobility issues
  • Seasonal driving
  • Road Signs
  • Defensive driving/hazard awareness
  • DVLA and Driving Licence information

The practical session involves individuals sharing the instructors' vehicle with another candidate and covering aspects of driving they wish to refresh, such as parallel parking or roundabouts and general safer driving techniques.

“Our Feedback shows that drivers who have completed the course are more aware and observant (self-reporting) on the road environment and better equipped to deal with hazards and different driving situations” Kirstie- Road Safety Officer

For more information on the Drive for Life Course or to book a place contact Road Safety Team on 01437 775144 or email road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

ID: 1665, revised 14/08/2017

Dragon Rider Cymru

Dragon Rider Cymru is the new motorcycle rider training course supported by the Driving Standards Agency Enhanced Rider Scheme and Thunder road Motorcycles of South Wales.

The Road Safety Teams from the Counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, have worked in partnership to develop this course of advanced rider skills that is delivered by experienced and qualified motorcycle Instructors who are accredited by the DSA Register of Post Test Motorcycle Instructors.

The courses are held on weekends and are one day in duration. The courses in Pembrokeshire will consist of a morning classroom based session that takes place at Fire and Rescue Station HQ in Haverfordwest; other courses within the region take place in Carmarthen, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

The afternoon will be road based, using a variety of roads throughout the Counties to meet the motorcycle training needs of the individual rider, based on the advanced Police rider manual, Roadcraft.

Riders who have completed the Bikesafe course are encouraged to bring copies of their assessment forms for the afternoon session. The training ratio will be one Instructor to a maximum of two riders for the on road element. Training will be tailored to meet the individual needs of the rider.

At the conclusion of the day participants will be issued with a certificate of competence that is recognised by a wide variety of insurance companies and may attract a premium discount.

The course is subsidised by the Welsh Government and is free to all residents of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire

How much does the course cost?

Thanks to Road Safety Grant funding from Welsh Government the course is FREE of charge to residents of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

You can apply online and a member of our team will be in touch to confirm your chosen date within 5 working days.

 

 Apply for a place on Dragon Rider Cymru

ID: 1673, revised 02/07/2020

National Standards Cycle Training

The Road Safety Team offers the National Standards Cycle Training Programme to all primary schools throughout Pembrokeshire.

All pupils aged 10 and 11 years old can get involved.  It is an important part of the curriculum; the main purpose is to heighten a child's awareness of the dangers on the roads. It is offered free of charge to all schools and the course duration consists of approximately six hours, and delivered by one of 10 experienced instructors. 

The training includes how to control your bike, being able to look and assess traffic, how to communicate and where to position yourself on the road. Developing their knowledge of hazard awareness and knowledge of the highway code.

Instructors also advise on safety equipment and how to check and do simple maintenance on your bike.

There are three levels children at Primary are taught Level 1 and 2. Pupils in secondary school/ college or adults can email the Road Safety Team to do Level 3.

e-mail: road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

ID: 1584, revised 14/08/2017

Child Cycle training - Level 1

Level 1 is where you learn to control your bike off road.

By completing Level 1, you can show you have the skills to ride where there are no cars and that you are ready to start your road training.

 

Level 1 techniques and skills

  • Getting on and off
  • Starting off and stopping
  • Staying upright without wobbling
  • Pedalling
  • Steering and maintaining forward progress
  • Cycling one handed/signalling
  • Looking behind
  • Use of gears
ID: 1586, revised 14/08/2017

Child Cycle training - Level 2

Level 2 is where you start with real traffic, but sticking to quiet roads.

By completing Level 2 you can show you have the skills to make a trip safely on to quiet roads and cycle lanes, perhaps to school.

 

Level 2 techniques and skills

  • Theory of on road cycling
  • Getting on and off the bicycle and starting off
  • Stopping
  • Use of gears
  • Cycling one handed/signalling
  • Looking behind
  • Turning right, left and overtaking parked vehicles on a variety of quiet roads
  • Using cycling facilities
ID: 1587, revised 14/08/2017

Child Cycle training - Level 3

Level 3 is where you can move up to busy roads and advanced road features.

It's like driving or motorbike lessons and once you have done it you should be able to bike most places safely, certainly after some practice. Normally you will do this once you have started secondary school.

 

Level 3 techniques and skills

  • On road theory as level 2 with additional theory as required to support the more advanced road work being undertaken
  • The cycle as a vehicle
  • Positioning and observation
  • Level 1 & 2 skills
  • Busier roads
  • Complex turns, roads and junctions
  • Roundabouts
  • Signal controlled junctions
  • Filtering
  • Using cycling facilities
  • Different types of cycle and their purpose
  • Keeping a bicycle roadworthy
  • Clothing for cycling
  • Relevant accessories

Related Articles

Sustans: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/

CTC:  http://www.ctc.org.uk

ID: 1588, revised 14/08/2017

Kerbcraft

COVID-19

Due to schools being closed we are unable, at this time, to teach your child/ren essential pedestrian skills. We have put together a “Kerbcraft at Home” pack, providing you with information on how to deliver Kerbcraft.

If you would like to teach your child/ren Kerbcraft during your daily walks:

Kerbcraft at Home: Introduction

Kerbcraft at Home: Phase 1 

Kerbcraft at Home: Phase 2

Kerbcraft at Home: Phase 3

Kerbcraft is a national scheme, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.  It aims to teach Year one and two pupil’s vital pedestrian skills, to aid the reduction of Child Pedestrian accidents.  It is carried out at the roadside by a member of the Road Safety Team and trained volunteers.  

Currently 32 schools throughout Pembrokeshire are involved in the scheme.  The project, which has been heralded by one head teacher as “a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on road safety in Pembrokeshire”, the training  continues to receive enthusiastic support from parents, staff and members of the communities in which the training sessions take place. 

Kerbcraft was developed by a team of Psychologists at StrathclydeUniversity who designed the programme to teach 5-7 year olds three vital skills: Choosing safe places and routes; crossing safely at Parked cars and crossing safely at junctions.  Parents however are reminded that an adult should always accompany children of this age when walking near or crossing roads. 

1)    Choosing safe places and routes to cross the road - Children are helped to recognize the dangers and hazards and identify alternative crossing places. 

2)    Crossing safely at parked cars - Children are taught how to use a safe strategy for crossing near parked cars- when avoiding them is impossible. 

3)    Crossing safely at Junctions - Children are introduced to the problems of simple and complex junctions, and are taught a strategy for looking in all directions. 

Each skill is practiced at several different locations over a period of 4 weeks, in total 12 sessions should be completed by the children.

Parent volunteers and/or classroom assistants act as trainers for the scheme, working with very small groups of children and helping them to develop their observational skills and decision-making processes. To volunteer please e-mail: road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

If you are a parent, teacher or school governor and want to find out about starting Kerbcraft in your school, please contact the Road Safety Team road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Related Articles

Highway Code - Rules for Pedestrians 

 

 

 

ID: 1589, revised 13/05/2020

Road Safety Team

Pembrokeshire County Council is committed to making Pembrokeshire a safer place to walk, cycle, ride and drive. So whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist, biker or driver we are here to help.  We continue to work in schools, colleges and in the local community, with a diverse range of agencies to educate and upskill all road users. 

Discover the local road safety services, training, education and campaign programmes provided by the Road Safety Team and partners such as Dragon Rider, Pass Plus Cymru, Cycle Training, Kerbcraft, Car Seat Safety Checks, Motorcycle CRASH cards.    

If you would like further information on any of these services please use the site links or contact the Road Safety Team on 01437 775144, road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk  

ID: 217, revised 14/08/2017