Safe travel

From the bush to the city, families travel out and about on all different kinds of transport – by car and other vehicles, bike, train, bus, ferry, boat and on foot.

Safe travel with young children is the responsibility of adults. Sometimes this isn’t easy as young children’s behaviour can be a challenge (PDF 167kb) to families. Sharing the Kids and Traffic Key Road Safety Messages with children and with all the adults  in children’s lives can help keep them safe – as passengers, pedestrians and at play.

As almost 80% of children aged 0 to 4 years killed or injured in traffic related crashes are passengers (PDF 467kb), implementing the ‘buckle up safely’ message is critical.

When young children are pedestrians, getting in and out of vehicles and all the other types of transport, the message, ‘Hold their hand or hold them close’ (PDF 1479kb), is the surest way for adults to keep children safe.

When children are riding on bikes or wheeled toys, adults need to actively supervise them and to make sure they wear a correctly fitted helmet (PDF 154kb).