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The school run – misjudging the risks

At the beginning of the new school year many parents find themselves wondering what would be the safest way for their child to travel to school and home again. Often the vehicle of choice is the car. But many people underestimate the inherent danger posed by parents' cars as they drop off and pick up their children outside schools. The German motoring associations ACE Auto Club Europa and ADAC are therefore appealing to parents.

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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.