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Getting through the dark winter months safely

Winter is drawing near and the days are getting shorter. Darkness, fog, rain and snow can result in poor visibility and require high levels of concentration from all road users. Children are at particular risk in road traffic, since it is often very late by the time drivers actually see them. We can show you what you can do to ensure that you get through this dark time of year safely.

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For Kids

1

At zebra crossings

  • Wait at the curb, and look in both directions several times.
  • If there is no traffic on the road you can cross quickly but don’t run.
    If a car is approaching make sure that it really does come to a stop.
  • Catch the driver‘s eye, and give him a hand signal by putting out a hand clearly in front of you.
  • Do not cross the road until you clearly see that the car is going to stop.
2

Rules at traffic lights

  • A red light means stay put.
  • A green light means you can cross the road quickly but do not run.
  • Even if the light is green you must still make sure that cars really stop (look to the right and the left).
  • Never cross the road diagonally. Always take the short, straight route.
  • Keep your eye on traffic when crossing the road.
3

At a traffic island

  • Wait at the curb. Look in both directions. If there is no traffic go as far as to the middle, and stay put.
  • Then look again in both directions. If there is no traffic go to the other side of the road.
  • Cross the road quickly but do not run.
  • Never cross the road diagonally. Always take the short, straight route.
  • Keep your eye on traffic when crossing the road.
4

Encountering visual obstacles such as parked cars

  • If possible make a detour. A clear view is better!
  • If this is not possible look carefully in both directions standing between parked cars.
  • Do not lean out too far.
  • Never cross the road diagonally. Always take the short, straight route.
  • Keep your eye on traffic when crossing the road.
5

On the road with Moki

  • Walking or riding the bicycle is perfect for short distances.
  • If you have to travel a longer distance try to use busses and trains.
  • Ask your friends if they take the same way to school like you. Maybe you can go together. It will be fun.