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Darker Nights - Child Safety Advice

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Now that it's getting darker earlier on, it's more important than ever to make sure that your children can be seen when out and about near roads.

There are loads of ways to be seen and stay safer during the darker evenings - Here are some top tips for children that we'd like to share with you:

  1. Brightly coloured or fluorescent clothing shows up well in daylight and at dusk when you're heading to and from school.
  2. If you're out and about when it's dark, wear reflective gear to make sure you can be seen in vehicle headlights. Reflective vests, sashes or clip-on reflectors work well.
  3. Don't forget to accessorise. Even small items such as armbands, stickers and clip-on reflectors on your outfit or school bag are a great way to improve your visibility.
  4. If you like to cycle, remember that it's the law to have clean and working lights at night (white light at the front, red light at the back), as well as a rear reflector. It's a good idea to fit spoke reflectors too.
  5. Of course, being visible isn't the only way to stay safer. If you're out at night, choose routes and crossing places that are well-lit, and remember to always use the Green Cross Code http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/early-years-and-primary/parents/7-to-11s/the-green-cross-code/

For more road safety tips, games and videos, visit http://talesoftheroad.direct.gov.uk/

Published 16/11/15