Tips for Staying Safe When You Are Out

Tips for Staying Safe When You Are Out


Mummy says… We spend a lot of our time out and about, both in the countryside at home, and visiting towns and cities. There are potential dangers everywhere, some more so at this time of year. I have some top tips for staying safe when you are out….

Tips for Staying Safe When You Are Out
Look around

You’re a parent, so of course your attention is firmly fixed on what your children are doing, and we all know how easy it is to get distracted. So always try to take a moment to take in where you are and any possible dangers. Are you in a quieter area? Or if in a busy area, like a train or tube station is this a popular area for pickpockets?
Companies like often work with companies to put up signs that give information or
instructions to the public. So, keep an eye out and stay safe.

Road Safety

It goes without saying, but always use the pavement – assuming there is one. If you’re enjoying a country walk and the path is no longer an option then keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic.
You should take extra care and be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light and keep close to the side of the road. It may be safer to cross the road well before a sharp right-hand bend so that oncoming traffic has a better chance of seeing you. Cross back after the bend.
Help other road users to see you. Wear or carry something light-coloured, bright or fluorescent in poor daylight conditions. When it is dark, use reflective materials (eg armbands, sashes, waistcoats, jackets, footwear), which can be seen by drivers using headlights up to three times as far away as non-reflective materials.

Crossing the road

1. First find a safe place to cross and where there is space to reach the pavement on the other side. Where there is a crossing nearby, use it.
2. Choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions. Try to avoid crossing between parked cars, on a blind bend, or close to the brow of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly.
3. Stop just before you get to the kerb, where you can see if anything is coming. Do not get too close to the traffic.
4. Look all around for traffic and listen.
5. If traffic is coming, let it pass. Look all around again and listen. Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.
6. When it is safe, go straight across the road – do not run. Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly.
7. Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists.

Ickle Pickles lIfe


  1. These are indeed some great tips that we as parents must take care of and also teach the children and young ones to ensure that they keep these in mind when traveling.

  2. Road safety is so important, especially when you have kids around you as you have to be a good role model x
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  3. Fantastic tips, road safety is essential, you see way to many teenagers these days with headphones in oblivious to the world, and we have to walk a main road to school so we use all these tips constantly with our five year old daughter xx

  4. This is great Its deffinatly important to keep children safe and teach them road safety and others 🙂

  5. Surprising how many ignore these simple safety points – so many needless accidents

  6. Great advice! It’s scary how many people don’t follow these tips, when they’re out and about though! 🙁 I do a lot of running along country lanes, and road safety is always at the top of my mind – especially as drivers are so often distracted these days! xx

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