Beginning any subject on a gloomy and unfavorable note isn’t something that any of us would want. However, the facts and the figures we are going to cite below were so disquieting that we couldn’t resist ourselves making all of you cognitive of the dangerous situation we are in: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, in 2014, 3% of the people who died due to road accidents were children. Statistics also show that of the 4,884 pedestrians killed in road accidents, 207 were kids. Keeping in mind that precaution is always better than cure, and lending rightful consideration to the statistics mentioned above, we, at The Navyandhra School, positioned among the top 10 schools in Gurgaon, reckon that the least we can do now is to prep our kids about road safety and traffic rules. It is imperative that our kids are aware of at least the basic traffic signs and regulations. This is especially vital in a country like ours where road rage and accidents are a leading cause of fatalities and injuries. With children also being casualties in these tragic cases, like mentioned before, it becomes the need of the hour to start teaching them about road safety early in life. The concept of road safety can never be understood via rote learning. So, the best time to acquaint them with traffic signs and on-road behavior is when you are practically on-road/driving/cycling/walking, and the kids are with you. Read on to learn more about several rules that will prove to be an essential aid for kids while they discover navigating roads safely: • Traffic signs First and foremost in traffic rules is the knowledge of fundamental traffic signs and symbols. A few examples could be the no parking sign, the school ahead sign, the stop sign, the speed limit sign, the horn prohibited sign, etc. Besides this, indications from the traffic lights must be taught, i.e., the green light depicting go, the red light indicating stop, and the yellow light telling you to slow down. Kids must also be aware that in the case of non-functional traffic lights, traffic police constables are deputed at crossings and junctions, and they use hand signs to direct the traffic. • The Golden rule of road crossing Kids must be aware of the usage of zebra crossing stripes by pedestrians in order to cross from one side of the road to the other. However, in some instances, when such markings are not present, tell them to follow the golden rule of ‘stop-look-cross.’ Smaller kids must not be allowed to cross roads independently and must always be accompanied by an adult. • Footpaths An extremely fundamental rule while walking on the road is to use footpaths or sidewalks. Kids must be taught that this rule is the one that is never to be forgotten. Parents must also practice the same before preaching it to the kids. In case of no footpaths available, they must be taught to always walk on their left-hand side. • Hotfooting – a strict no-no! We all know how impatient the kids are. They tend to run, jog, or sprint almost anytime and anywhere. However, it is important to tell them that roads are a strictly prohibited area for such behavior. Let them know that they must never sprint across or along the roads and stay relaxed instead. • Body parts not to be put outside moving vehicles Kids get an unusual kind of joy-rush when they wave and say goodbyes with their hands sticking and heads popping out of moving vehicles. However, it can be perilous, for they could be hit by vehicles coming from opposite directions or trees or signboards nearby. Hence, let them know that putting any of the body parts out of a moving vehicle is always a strict no-no! • Bicycle rules It is a usual sight to find older kids riding bicycles to and fro from school or around the neighborhood. However, we, at The Navyandhra School, positioned among the top 10 schools in Gurgaon, believe that before handing over the bicycles to them, it is very much important that they are taught some basic rules to be kept in mind while cycling, such as wearing a helmet, regular checks of tire pressure and brakes before riding, using lanes meant for bicycles, making way for larger and faster vehicles, sticking reflective strips, and affixing flashlights on your bicycle. • Seat belts are vital Stress on the fact that seat belts have saved numerous lives infinite times in multiple cases of accidents. Also, teach them not to stand and move around inside a moving vehicle. Tell them to be seated with the seat belt on till the vehicle comes to a halt. • Eyes and ears must be kept wide open when on the road Some handful pointers can go a long way in teaching kids about road safety. Tell them that there will be instances when they may not always see a vehicle approaching them. In such circumstances, their ears might assist them if they remain alert and listen for engine sounds or horns or the sound of tires approaching them. At The Navyandhra School, ranked among the top 10 schools in Gurgaon, we absolutely believe that kids are always hungry for creativity and imagination. One can utilize this behavioral aspect in teaching traffic rules and road safety to them, which otherwise can be a mundane task! A little fun and planning can handily make these teaching lessons productive. Some exciting activities helpful for the same could be: • Screening of films promoting road safety rules. • Model-making activities themed on road safety, and traffic signs cut-outs ease the task of teaching road safety rules to kids. • Traffic parks visits consisting of dummy traffic lights and mock sign boards prove pleasureful and an informative outing for kids. • Mimicking and simply creating a mock accidental scenario to teach kids about the road safety rules. At this juncture, not beating around the bush, we, at The Navyandhra School, Gurgaon, would just want to urge our student and parent fraternity to pay utmost attention to road safety. As somebody very aptly once quoted – ‘The one who is alert today, will be the one alive tomorrow!’ So, stay alert, stay safe!