Road Safety Autumn 2020

Directorate of Place
Highways and Transportation
Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road,
Swansea, SA1 3SN


Road Safety Autumn 2020.

With traffic volumes having increased with the return to school especially during the morning and afternoon school runs, it is essential that your child needs to be careful on their way to and from school particularly when crossing roads.

Most road crashes are at least partly caused by human error, which can range from simple mistakes and misjudgements to deliberately dangerous and illegal behaviour.

  • Crossing the road is easy, but for a child it is much more difficult. This is because crossing the road involves many tasks- identifying a safe place to cross the road whilst considering parked cars, junctions and kerbs, paying attention to traffic, looking and listening and focussing on the need to walk rather than run across the road. Parents are being urged to talk to their children and discuss selecting suitable routes & roads to use safety and responsibly when out and about.
  • It is also important to teach children of all ages about the need to be visible on the road and this is particularly important as the evenings get darker at the end of autumn and throughout winter.
  • Many coats and school bags have reflective strips to make children more visible to motorists. It is vital that a child understands the need to see and be seen and how difficult it can be for motorists to see them. Hoods on coats need to be taken down whilst crossing a road to increase peripheral vision and awareness.
  • Full attention and care must be given to the road by your child at all times and mobile phones and other devices not be used whilst crossing the road as this will cause distraction and is a dangerous behaviour.

Choose safer places to cross the road, including pedestrian crossings

Where possible, encourage your child use pedestrian crossings such as Zebras, traffic light crossings (Puffin, Pelican or Toucan) and School Crossing Patrols (lollipop people) even if it does mean a slight detour. After the traffic has stopped from both directions the road can be crossed quickly and without running.

The Golden Rules for Crossing the Road:

  1. Stop at the kerb or edge of the road.
  2. Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic.
  3. Wait until no traffic is coming and begin crossing.
  4. Keep looking/listening for traffic until you have finished crossing.
  5. Walk, don’t run across the road.

When there is no pavement, walk on the right hand side of the road to face the traffic coming towards you.

When crossing between parked vehicles (if there is nowhere else to cross). Choose a place where there is a space between two vehicles. Make sure there is a gap between any parked vehicles on the other side of the road, so that the pavement can be reached on the other side. Walk to the outside edge of the cars and stop. Here it is a good viewing point and more likely to be seen by drivers.


Traffic can be unpredictable, so riders must stay alert watch out for vehicles doing unexpected things. Cycling and scooting wearing earphones and listening to music should be discouraged and helmet wearing encouraged.

A rider must obey traffic light signals, not carry any passengers and ride in single file.

Travelling in a vehicle

When getting in or out of the car, passengers should use the door on the pavement side. Only get out when it is safe to do so. Where there are seatbelts always use them – front and back.

Parents /carers should choose a safe place to drop off/pick up. The aim is to find somewhere where their vehicle will not cause congestion and a danger to those walking & cycling to school. Vehicles must not stop or park on school zig- zags.

If you would like any further information please contact:

Croesewir gohebiaeth yn y Gymraeg a byddwn yn ymateb yn Gymraeg.
Byddwn yn ymdrin â gohebiaeth Gymraeg a Saesneg i’r un safonau ac amserlenni.

We welcome correspondence in Welsh and will deal with Welsh and English correspondence to the same standards and timescales.