This is what really matters to families as they practice how to get to school with children

This is the best way to familiarize your children with the daily journey to and from school

When school starts again next week, many future first-graders in Baden will start their classes for the very first time. Some of them no longer have to travel to school and can walk or cycle there. For others, there are regularly longer bus or train journeys to school or often a combination of different modes of transport.

Especially with the increase in road traffic, many parents are worried, especially with smaller children – and traffic clubs such as ADAC appeal every year anew: It is essential to practice the road to school in advance! But what is really important from a child’s point of view, and what points should parents be aware of, besides children looking left and right before crossing a street? baden.fm followed up with ADAC Südbaden.

In principle, families need to know that children who start school usually cannot yet really understand road traffic and everything that lurks there with their senses. Children must first learn to find their way around, says Andreas Müller, head of the Traffic, Technology and Environment Department.

Of course, this is also connected to their small body size, which means that they are easily overlooked on the side of the road, but it is also difficult for them to get an overview. That’s why getting to school starts with the right clothes: especially in the dark season, it must be as light as possible, have reflectors or be supplemented with a reflective safety vest to increase visibility.

It is best to drive the route together again and again during normal school hours

For most of them, it is helpful afterwards if the parents or grandparents walk all the way to school with them, not just once, but regularly for a few days or weeks before school starts. Possible dangers such as difficult-to-see crossings, traffic lights or other points should then be discussed directly on the spot using concrete examples, so the tip: The more realistic the traffic situation is, the better the students will benefit in the end, it is best to train thus. So during normal school hours in the morning and at noon and not at the weekend, says Müller.

And also important: The shortest route to school is not always the safest. Parents should calmly allow their children and encourage them to take a slightly longer route if this avoids dangerous places. In order not to get hectic, it is better to plan a little more time.

Practicing procedures on the way to school should not only apply to pedestrians and cyclists, but also to children who have to use public transport part of the way. Many parents forget here that getting in and out of the car must be practiced together with the child, otherwise it can quickly overwhelm them. And great care must also be taken when crossing the road directly in front of or behind a bus at the bus stop. Children can easily be overlooked in such situations, especially when they suddenly run across the street.

Anyone who can avoid driving to school should do so

ADAC also advises against taking the parents’ taxi with the family car, as long as it can somehow be avoided. The parents mean well, but on the one hand there are additional traffic hazards for the students due to the many cars waiting in front of the schools. On the other hand, education experts also agree that it is not good for children’s development if they are driven from one appointment to the next by their parents, so to speak, “wrapped in cotton wool” due to excessive safety requirements.

Such children are denied the opportunity to gain experience with risky situations themselves and to later be able to correctly assess dangers, which, according to the assessment of the German statutory accident insurance, can lead to a higher risk of accidents in individual cases. But if the family has no choice but to use the car to get to school, it is best to park a little further away or at a specially set up parent stop and let the child walk the last few meters, according to ADAC Südbaden.

ADAC also conveys content about “Be aware of ADACUS” in a playful way

If you simply do not have enough time to let your child internalize all these rules, the car club refers you to the ADACUS offer from its foundation: using the figure of a small raven, traffic experts teach the children the most important traffic rules and behavior for the child road to school in a playful way. The program is aimed at children between preschool and first grade. Further information is available online or from ADAC Südbaden’s traffic department on tel. 0761/3688232.

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