Teenager Pedestrian Safety

Help protect your Teenager

You could talk to your child and reinforce road safety messages to help them keep safe;

  • Stress the need to concentrate and be careful at all times

  • Warn of the dangers of distractions, for example, listening to music, texting, phoning and chatting to friends

  • Keep talking about the dangers of traffic

  • Point out people who are endangering themselves

  • Encourage your teenager to practice judging the speed and distance of approaching vehicles on busy roads and identify safe gaps in the traffic

  • Stress that your child should never lose concentration and follows other blindly into dangerous situations


It is a good idea to;

  • Buy and encourage your teenager to wear a cycle helmet and something fluorescent and reflective to improve their visibility

  • Encourage your child to never take lifts on the back of a friends bike

  • Ask your child never to listen to music whilst they are cycling

  • Make sure your child knows that cyclists must obey all traffic light signals

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Bus Safety

Your teenagers probably take the bus to school and back all the time, maybe even every day. In fact, they're probably used to it, they do it without paying much attention. But not paying attention could cost them their lives. It only takes a moments lapse of concentration to cause death or serious injury.

So your children should always expect the unexpected and never take risks going to and from the bus or crossing roads nearby.

You should remind them;

  • Just because they are not small children, does not mean they should not use The Green Cross Code

  • Just because their friends are chatting doesn't mean it's safe for them

  • Most school bus related collisions happen to pupils before they get to or after they leave the bus

For Bus Departure times & Travel Information visit TFGM

Peace of mind

You could try discussing the following points and finding an answer for each of them;

  • What will they do if they miss the last bus home?

  • Do they have a mobile (fully charged), money or know how to reverse charges if they need you?

  • What should your teenager do if they have to stay behind at school?