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Staying safe when you’re out and about

We all want our kids to be safe when they leave the house. Here are some tips for looking after them when they’re out and about and encouraging them to develop good habits that will help them stay safe now and in later life.

Road safety

Sadly, road traffic accidents are one of the highest causes of accidental death for children and young people in Scotland. So it’s super important to make sure your wee one knows how to stay safe when they’re around roads and traffic. Here are some tips to get you started. 

There are lots of resources to help you talk about road safety and practise staying safe on the Road Safety Scotland website, including online books, videos and games. The Go Safe with Ziggy online resource helps equip children with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will help keep them stay safe now and in later life.

Safety in the car

Driving with children in the car can be stressful, but there are things you can do to make the journey safe and fun for everyone.

Staying safe travelling by bus

All young people and children aged 5-21 years can apply for a card to access the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme. If your child is aged 16-21 they can apply themselves, but if they’re younger then you’ll need to apply on their behalf. You can find out more about the scheme and how to apply at

Letting your child use the bus on their own for the first time or to travel further afield can be daunting. So even if they’re used to getting the bus with you, it’s a good idea to have a chat with them about being safe and confident when travelling. For example, you could talk to them about how to use their new pass, and that they can always talk to the driver when the bus stops if they’re worried about anything. You can find more tips at

Last updated: 4 Sep, 2023