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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 22/06/2021

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

Pass Plus Cymru is a Welsh Government funded scheme, which is aimed at young drivers aged between 17 and 25 who have recently passed their test. The scheme aims to help young drivers improve driving skills, gain extra experience, and possibly obtain a discount on their car insurance.

The scheme requires young drivers to attend a three hour interactive tutorial followed by up to nine hours of `on-the-road’ driving (split between two attendees) with a Pass Plus Cymru registered Approved Driving Instructor.

The Pass Plus Cymru scheme comprises six specially designed modules which cover:

  • Driving around town
  • Out of town
  • In all weathers
  • At night
  • On dual carriageways
  • On Motorways

Also covered are defensive driving, hazard awareness, concentration, speed, drugs and drink driving, safe attitudes and behaviour.

Because the participants will be trained by a professional driving instructor, they’ll gain valuable extra experience and positive motoring skills that would otherwise take a long time to acquire.

Upon completion of the course each candidate will be issued with a Pass Plus Certificate. You’ll be able to use this certificate to claim your motor insurance discount.

 

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course, which has been accredited by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), is £20, a significant discount from the normal cost of around £160. The balance is made up by us with grant funding from Welsh Government.

 

How will the course be delivered?

Courses will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams. Further information on how to access the course and the link to join will be emailed to you within the week of your scheduled course. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Following the online course, you will be contacted by an instructor to arrange a suitable date and time to complete the practical element of the course.

Book your place on the course

 

ID: 1664, revised 27/10/2021

Mature Driver Course

The Road Safety Unit are pleased to be bringing you the “Mature Driver Course” for people aged 65+. We want to keep you mobile and independent, and keep you confident behind the wheel.

Why not take advantage of this informal and relaxed day-long session, benefiting from the expertise of an experienced Driver Trainer and a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor?

You do not need to bring your car to benefit from this session – we provide the wheels.

Previous participants have valued the opportunity to attend the theory and practical sessions… but don't just take our word for it, here’s what some had to say:

“I have re-learnt a lot of what I should have known but over the years but have forgotten”

“This really helped my confidence; everyone should do this course - thank you all”

“I can now do Morrison’s roundabout with confidence”.

 

What is the course all about?

  • Helping to keep you driving safer for longer
  • The ageing process and driving safely 
  • Addressing your personal concerns about your driving now and for the future
  • Identifying bad driving habits. You might have picked some up over the years!
  • Updates to the Highway Code

This course is not:

  • A test of your driving skills
  • A formal assessment of your driving

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.

Course availability

  • Wednesday 19th January 2022, 9am – 4pm.
  • Wednesday 9th February 2022, 9am - 4pm.
  • Wednesday 9th March 2022, 9am – 4pm.

 

Courses will be delivered at Haverfordwest Fire Station during the morning and will be followed by practical drives in the afternoon. The full course itinerary will be emailed to you 1 – 2 weeks ahead of your scheduled course.

If you have any questions, or wish to book a place, please contact us via –

Email: road.safety@pembrokeshireshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01437 775144

Express your interest in attending the scheme

 

ID: 1665, revised 09/11/2021

Dragon Rider Cymru

Dragon Rider Cymru is a motorcycle training course supported by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Enhanced Rider Scheme and Thunder Road Motorcycles of South Wales.

The Road Safety Teams from the Counties of Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire, 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 DVSA Register of Post Test Motorcycle Instructors. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue service are also supporting the initiative.

The courses are held on a Monday evening and delivered via Microsoft Teams. The practical element will be arranged once you have attended the evening session and will be road based, using a variety of roads throughout the County and neighbouring 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 practical 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 both sessions 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.

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.

Course availability

  • Monday 18th November 2021, at 6:30pm
  • Monday 24th January  2022, at 6:30pm
  • Monday 28th February 2022 at 6:30pm

Express your interest in attending the scheme

Further information on how to access the course and the link to join will be emailed to you within the week of your scheduled course. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email road.safety@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Following the online course, you will be contacted by an instructor to arrange a suitable date and time to complete the practical element of the course.

 

ID: 1673, revised 09/11/2021

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 an assessment of your child’s basic cycling skills and is delivered on the playground (trainees will not be taught). Trainees will only graduate on to Level 2 if they able to:

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

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

 

ID: 1586, revised 27/10/2021

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

Kerbcraft is a national scheme, funded by Welsh Government.  It aims to teach Year One and/or Year Two pupil’s vital pedestrian skills, to aid the reduction of Child Pedestrian accidents. Training is carried out at the roadside by a member of the Road Safety Team.

Currently there are 34 schools throughout Pembrokeshire 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”, 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 Strathclyde University 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 minimum of 8 weeks. Road safety trainers work with very small groups of children and help them to develop their observational skills and decision-making processes by training at the roadside. The children wear high visibility tabards and hold on to walking ropes with the trainers.

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

If you are home educating and would like to introduce Kerbcraft at home, we have put together a “Kerbcraft at Home” pack, which will provide you with information on how to deliver Kerbcraft training for your children.

 

Kerbcraft at Home: Introduction

Kerbcraft at Home: Phase 1 

Kerbcraft at Home: Phase 2

Kerbcraft at Home: Phase 3

 

Related Articles

Highway Code - Rules for Pedestrians 

 

 

 

ID: 1589, revised 27/10/2021

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