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Wearing a seatbelt

For primary school levels:

  • P2
  • P3
  • P4

Stay safe in the car with Roadstars

Wearing a seatbelt could make all the difference if you are in a road collision. You need to make sure you are wearing it correctly if you want to stay safe – it is possible to put it on wrongly, so make sure it is fitted across your body in the right way.

Work with Roadstars to learn how to wear it properly.

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It’s the law for everyone in a car to wear a seatbelt.

Do you know the correct way to wear one?

Here is one right way, and three wrong ways, to wear a seatbelt…

Sits under the arm.

It's too high.

It's twisted.

Right!

Is this way right or wrong?

Is this way right or wrong?

Is this way right or wrong?

Is this way right or wrong?

These are the correct answers!

How many did you get right?

Sits under the arm.

It's too high.

It's twisted.

Right!

Notes for Educators

You can make this activity a discussion (teachers, use your smartboard) and ask:

  • How do seatbelts or harnesses keep everyone safe in a car?
  • What might happen if one wasn’t fastened correctly?
  • What type of seatbelt/car restraint should you be using? What are the rules? Child restraints come in a variety of styles and sizes, depending on a child’s weight, height and age. A suitable child car seat must be used until the child reaches either 12 years old or 135cm tall. From that point onwards, they must use a seatbelt like all adults.
  • The driver must ensure children under 14 years old are properly restrained.
  • For in-car child safety advice visit Good Egg Safety.

Homework: encourage your children to observe their parents/carers/families in the car and then report back if everyone was wearing a seatbelt or harness correctly? Did anyone need reminded?

Curriculum for Excellence associated Experiences and Outcomes

I know and can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations. HWB 1-17a

I know and can demonstrate how to travel safely. HWB 1-18a

By exploring the ways in which we use and need rules, I can consider the meaning of rights and responsibilities and discuss those relevant to me. SOC 1-17a

When listening and talking with others for different purposes, I can exchange information, experiences, explanations, ideas and opinions, and clarify points by asking questions or by asking others to say more. LIT 1-09a

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