Medway Council has issued some top road safety tips as children across Medway prepare to go back to school.
Medway’s roads are expected to get busier as children head back to school and motorists are being encouraged to be extra vigilant and particularly aware of more vulnerable road users, such as children walking and riding their bikes to school.
The council’s top road safety tips include:
- Be alert – avoid distractions
- Take extra care – allow extra time for your commute
- Stop, look, listen and think when crossing the road and wear bright clothing and reflective or fluorescent items
- If cycling to school or work always wear a helmet
- If travelling by bus arrive at the bus stop five minutes early to avoid rushing
Medway Council’s Safer Journeys Team visits schools throughout the year to teach children pedestrian, cycling and scooter skills and to make them aware of the dangers of the road. The team also visits pre-schools and nurseries to teach children under five to stop, look, listen and think when crossing the road.
The council also offers road safety education to secondary schools for pedestrians, young drivers and passengers.
Take extra care when you travel
Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “Everyone has a duty to behave responsibly when travelling on Medway’s roads. As children return to school we’re asking motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care when they travel. We work with schools all year round to promote road safety and I would encourage residents and visitors to follow our top tips.”