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Look out for children




You can download our driveway safety poster (PDF 3.5Mb) to help raise awareness in the community about keeping children safe on driveways.

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Driveway safety

Every week in Australia, a child (often a toddler) is run over in the driveway of their home.

Accidents can still happen when drivers reverse slowly and may leave permanent physical and mental scars on the victim, the driver and their families.

Every vehicle will have a blind spot behind it. Sensors, cameras and mirrors can help to reduce the risk of an accident, but they are not foolproof as small children can move very quickly.

Make sure you know where your children are at all times when moving your vehicle.

You can help us promote driveway safety in your local community by downloading our A3 poster below.

Keep your child safe

  • Look for children, pets and toys around your vehicle before you move it.
  • Always supervise children when vehicles are being moved and hold their hands to keep them safe.
  • Secure children in their restraint before moving your vehicle.
  • Lock security doors to prevent children from accessing the driveway.
  • Install fencing between the driveway and play areas.
  • Teach children that a driveway is a road and not a play area.
  • Have a designated safety spot where children can stand with an adult and watch family and friends come and go.

Safety for drivers

Heavy traffic and more pedestrians and cyclists in central Sydney mean lower speeds are required. All drivers have a responsibility to drive safely.

Speed is a factor in 40 per cent of road deaths in New South Wales.

The City of Sydney supports a 40 kilometre an hour speed limit in areas with high levels of pedestrians.

Travelling slower means safer driving. It’s easier to avoid an accident and less distance is required if you need to stop your vehicle.

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Tips for low-risk driving

  • Keep a 3-second gap between yourself and the vehicle in front. Stay 4 seconds behind the vehicle in bad weather.
  • Slow down around potholes, metal plates, sand, oil and other potential hazards.
  • Always scan for hazards in your mirror and behind your vehicle.
  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Ask a doctor about driving when using medication.
  • Have your vehicle serviced regularly.
  • Be aware of changes to NSW road rules.
  • Don't queue across intersections.
  • Always obey traffic signals.
  • Never assume pedestrians can see you.
  • Be ready to stop for pedestrians.

Last updated: Thursday, 7 March 2013