How much do your students or children know about road safety? RACT RoadSafe provides primary school teachers with a tool to better explore road safety with their students. Being a first for Tasmania, the online resource has a range of different learning tools that not only gives children in grades 3 and 4 an opportunity to further their road safety knowledge, but to also identify any knowledge gaps for individual students, classes, schools, regions, even the whole state.
Available for use in Tasmanian Primary Schools, students are provided with a unique username and password that allows them to fully utilise 'RACT RoadSafe'. Students complete quizzes, watch videos and use games and resources to further their knowledge.
It is recommended that teachers work through the resource as a class exercise to stimulate group discussion, before encouraging students to attempt exercises individually or in small groups. Teachers will have access to a separate 'dashboard' that provides an overview of their class's progress and allows them to identify areas that require some additional attention.
Road safety has direct links to the Australian curriculum. RACT is now asking for interest from Tasmanian schools for 2018. Click here to register your interest.
A properly fitted and secure child restraint is critical for the safety of your child. RACT provides and fits an extensive range of restraints at our Hobart, Launceston and Burnie branches, with fully ACRI accredited child restraint fitters. Call 13 27 22 to make a booking or click here to find out more about the seats we have available for purchase.
RACT also conduct education sessions which include community child restraint checks and child safety training for carers and organisations responsible for transporting people. Click here to register your interest.
Children and pets locked in cars are always a top priority for our patrols. They will drop everything, regardless of whether the caller is an RACT Member.
In the last year, RACT patrols have rescued approximately 75 children and 77 animals who were accidentally locked in cars. Nowadays due to the sophisticated
locking technology in modern cars it is very easy to accidentally lock a child or animal in a car.
Tips to avoid locking your children or pets in the car:
RACT will always prioritise call-outs to car lock-ins involving children or pets, but the few minutes it takes for patrols to reach the scene can make an enormous difference in hot temperatures.
Importantly, if you do have kids locked in a car or vehicle:
Download and print our children locked in cars posters below to help get the word out there.
Do driveways require the same amount of caution as the road? Absolutely! As we all know, children can move extremely quickly and may not think of somewhere
familiar and comfortable, like their home driveway, as a potentially dangerous place.
Keeping some of these simple tips in mind can help teach your child about driveway safety
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Displaying good habits while driving will help influence your child to develop positive behaviours as they get older.
Seat belts and restraints
As the driver, you have sole responsibility for checking that your passengers are buckled in correctly before driving off, even if you are the one that puts the seatbelt on them.
Clear your car
Make sure that loose items inside the car are secured or removed as these can cause serious injury in the event of a crash.
It's a good idea to provide only soft toys for your child to play with while travelling in the car. If you do need to transport
loose or heavier items, cargo barriers that can be put in wagons, hatchbacks or vans are a great thing to have.
Try the "safety door" method. The safest way to get in and of the car is through the "safety door". This is the back passenger door that is closest to the footpath
and furthest away from the traffic. A good technique to use once your child is out of the car is "touch the car, don't go far". By them placing their hand on the
side of the car, they understand that they are to stay next to the car until you are ready to move away.
Watch the video below for more information.
As a parent, you have a very important role to play in teaching good habits, this includes being road safe.
Talking through with your child how to be road safe doesn't need to be a scary thing and most of the learning for a child is done through experience.
Stop, Look, Listen & Think
Encourage your child to stop one step back from the road and look in both directions more than once. Start getting them to listen
out for any noises they think would make it unsafe to cross a road. This could be cars but it also could be sounds like sirens, bells
from a bicycle or even music. The last step is often forgotten so encourage them to think before crossing and this will help them not
to make any last minute decisions.
The right place to cross
Choose the safest place to cross a road with your child, making sure you can see traffic in every direction and they can see you.
This might mean that you have to walk a little further to an area of the road that is straight or an area with marked crossings.
Children often haven't developed the skills to be able to judge speed and distance and will often focus on one thing at a time.
Holding their hand when walking anywhere there is traffic will help reduce the risk of them making a decision they might not be comfortable with.
Making the decision to allow your child to sit in the front seat is never easy!
It's extremely important that we don't move children out of a booster seat before they are ready.
While the legal age is 7, RACT advises to keep children out of the front seat for as long as possible.
If you have to place a child in the front seat, move the seat as far away from the airbag as possible
A recommended height is approximately 145cm tall, which is actually an average height of a 10-12 year old.
Three step check
If you are considering moving your child out of a booster seat into the adult seat, we strongly recommend doing these three checks first.
Place the child on the seat with their bottom firmly back and fit the seatbelt across the child.
If you are still unsure, please contact RACT for further advice or view our
child restraint brochure for more information.
Teaching your child how to ride a bike is a massive part of both your lives. As we all know, it's not uncommon for a child to injure themselves
while riding their bike or scooter, being the fearless warriors they are! So, it's really important to start factoring in safety messages early
so your child can apply them as soon as they're ready to ride.
It as easy as ABC!
Having a regular routine of checking the Air, Brakes & Chain before each ride is a good rule to remember:
It's important for children to understand what helps keep them safe while riding their bike:
Children under the age of 12 years old must not ride on the road under any circumstances and we recommend
that they don't start until they have developed good stop, steer & start skills.