Bringing children into the social contract of road use
- Published: Department for Transport, 2003
- Authors: S. Wood, S. Thornton, E. Arundell and L. Graupner
- Date Added: 28 Jan 2013
- Last Update: 28 Jan 2013
To develop and then evaluate the effectiveness of a booklet for parents, which aimed to help them to improve their children’s road safety.
In-situ pilot studies were carried out before and after with a control group included. A safety booklet was produced and large scale surveys were made of recipients to look for evidence of improvements.
Children aged 5 to 8 were consistently better at selecting when to cross, than selecting where to cross. Planning a route and understanding dangerous crossings were less well understood.
Performance across all aspects of the study (including planning a route) improved for children in the after study. Improvements were most significant in the youngest children.
Administration of road safety advice via parents was therefore seen to positively influence the safety of children, including route planning tasks. Parents were typically highly supportive of the approach.
Themes: children, behaviour, social interaction, parental advice
A study notable for the social method of intervention, which utilises parents to instil and exhibit good behaviours.