HAZ campaign Safe way to school in Hannover: Children give tips

Hanover. Siblings Theo and Maja Herzog know their area in Altwarmbüchen well. They know how to behave at curbs and traffic lights. And yet there are always situations where it can be dangerous. Tram number 3 runs here. There are no traffic lights for crossing the railway tracks. “The kids have to look hard to see if a train is coming,” says her mother Annett Herzog, not without concern. So the family practiced such situations in road traffic again and again. The children are now giving school-starters tips on how to get to school.

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On 28 August, HAZ invites you to the big family festival in Maschparken.

After the summer holidays, Maja goes to the third grade at Altwarmbüchen primary school. Theo starts school next year. They are already practicing together to find the right paths. “At the curb you first look left, then right, then left again,” says Theo. Only when the streets are really clear should you quickly cross them. “And you should always have eye contact with the car and locomotive drivers,” advises Annett Herzog, who works for ADAC.

ADAC Niedersachsen is currently asking all road users to be especially considerate. Children are particularly vulnerable on the road. Due to their size, they lack overview and their field of vision is limited. The shortest route is not always the safest. Small detours should therefore also be taken if it is for reasons of safety. In Maja’s kindergarten, the way to school was even practiced with the police. Now she helps her little brother Theo. “It’s really fun to practice,” says Theo.

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This is the HAZ campaign for a safer way to school

More than 10,000 children start school this weekend in the Hanover region alone. HAZ invites you to a big family party. In Maschparken, you will have the HAZ campaign Safe way to school on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. This is the program:

11:00 Preventive puppet scene 11:35 Performance at Bothe dance school 11:45 Police riders and dogs at school 13.20 Concert by Frank and his friends 14.45 Preventive puppet show 15.05 Fire brigade fashion show 15.20 Bernd bread show 15.45 Police rider and dog squad 16.15 Fire brigade fashion show 4.33.

The ADAC team, together with the police, the traffic safety service, the fire service and the Hannover municipality’s accident insurance association and the state accident insurance of Lower Saxony, will give more tips for the school road next Sunday. Because together they support the HAZ campaign Safe way to school in Maschparken. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. there is a large family festival at the start of school and combines important information about road safety with offers for children. With the support of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Üstra, there will be concerts with children’s songwriters, performances by Bernd das Brot, the fire department’s fashion show and demonstrations by the police horse and dog unit. There is free entry to the New Town Hall.

1. Cross zebra crossings safely

Crossing the street safely: You should also cross the street quickly at the intersection.

Crossing the street safely: You should also cross the street quickly at the intersection.

A cruise has nothing to do with real animals – even if the pattern on the street sometimes resembles zebra fur. Theo knows several zebra crossings near the apartment. At the zebra crossing, you first stop and make sure that the motorists really stop. When the cars stop, you should cross the street quickly, but without running. As Theo explains the crossing, a moped suddenly honks and urges everyone to hurry. Theo is undaunted and ensures that the transition is safe – just right.

2. Watch out for drivers even when the light is green

Only if it's green: Traffic lights often have to be referred to pedestrians with a print function.

Only if it’s green: Traffic lights often have to be referred to pedestrians with a print function.

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Of course, Theo knows how to behave at traffic lights: when it’s red, you stop, when it’s green, you can go. When Theo crosses the street when it is green, the traffic lights suddenly turn red. Theo stops for a moment – ​​but then quickly crosses the street to the other side of the pavement.

3. Watch out for hedges or high walls

Better visibility: It helps to reach out at driveways to draw attention to yourself.

Better visibility: It helps to reach out at driveways to draw attention to yourself.

Many children pass entrances and exits on their way to school. For example, Theo and Maja discover a hedge behind which there is a car exit. Siblings should lean forward properly to carefully see if a vehicle is approaching. Theo and Maja use a trick: they stretch out an arm to draw attention to themselves. So drivers can see them better.

4. Don’t push when the bus arrives

Safe by bus: Many students use local public transport to get to school.

Safe by bus: Many students use local public transport to get to school.

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You should also behave properly at a bus stop: under no circumstances must first class run across the street in a hurry because they still want to catch the bus. Being late for school is not nice, but being in an accident is worse. Then you’d better wait in peace for the next bus – and don’t rush when you board.

5. Be careful between parked cars

Restricted visibility: Even parked cars can become an obstacle for school children.

Restricted visibility: Even parked cars can become an obstacle for school children.

Meanwhile, even small cars are often wide and tall. Therefore, children must be extra careful when crossing the street. Parked cars often block the view. ADAC warns that children cannot see cars out of the corner of their eyes. They are also easily distracted. So Theo slowly looks past the car and carefully stretches out his arm. It is even better to use a safe intersection with a clear view and traffic lights. Only when the street is clear does Theo cross the street quickly and controlled.

6. Go to school together

Quite simply safer: you can go to school together.  It's also more fun that way.

Quite simply safer: you can go to school together. It’s also more fun that way.

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Going to school is still the safest way, experts like the team from the Municipal Accident Insurance Association of Hannover agree. For pedestrians, however, walking to school has another advantage. You can discover a lot. Theo and Maja hold hands on the way to school – it’s even safer. And you can have more fun together.

7. Get off at the curb

Safe exit: If the journey to school is to be completed by car, children should definitely exit on the pavement.

Safe exit: If the journey to school is to be completed by car, children should definitely exit on the pavement.

If you really have to drive to school, children should only sit in the back seat on a seat belt cushion and buckle up. At the stop, Theo then comes out on the pavement side. You can only open the car door if you are sure that no one will pass by – for example fast cyclists

8. Practice, practice, practice

“It’s really quiet”: She got support for the HAZ tips. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented a new ID. the sum

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Siblings Theo and Maja regularly practice the school route in Altwarmbüchen. The whole family helps them with this. Her mother, Annett Herzog, explains the dangers of railroad tracks. She got support for the HAZ tips. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented a new ID. the hum “It’s really quiet,” Theo said.

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