HAZ campaign A safer way to school in Hannover: children give advice

Hanover. Siblings Theo and Maga Herzog know their area in the Torrambuchen all too well. They know how to behave at checkpoints and traffic lights. However, there are always situations where it can be dangerous. Tram No. 3 runs here. There are no traffic lights to cross the railroad tracks. “Kids have to look carefully to see if the train is coming,” says her mother, Annette Herzog. So the family practiced such situations in traffic over and over again. Kids now give tips for school beginners on how to get to school.

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On August 28, HAZ invites you to the big family festival at Maschpark.

After the summer holidays, Maja will be in third grade at Altwarmbüchen Primary School. Theo will start school next year. They actually train together to get the right tracks. “At the sidewalk you look first to the left, then to the right, then to the left again,” Theo knows. Only when the streets are really empty do you have to cross them quickly. Annette Herzog, who works for Abu Dhabi Airports Company, recommends, “You should always make eye contact with motorists and train drivers.”

The state of Lower Saxony, the ADAC currently requires all road users to be especially considerate. Children are especially at risk on the road. Because of their size, they lack an overview and their field of view is restricted. The shortest path is not always the safest. So small detours should also be taken if it is in the interest of safety. In Kindergarten Maja, the way to school was practiced with the police. Now she is helping her little brother Theo. “Training is really fun,” says Theo.

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This is HAZ’s campaign for a safer road to school

Over 10,000 children start school over the weekend in the Hanover region alone. HAZ invites you to a big family party. At Maschpark on Sundays from 11am to 5pm you will drive HAZ the safe way to school. This is the program:

11:00 a.m. Protective Puppet Stage 11:35 a.m. Booth School of Dance play at 11:45 a.m. School 1:20 p.m. Concert for Frank and his friends at 2.45 p.m. Protective Puppet Stage 3.05 p.m. Fire brigade fashion show 3.20 p.m. Bernd Baking Show 3.45 p.m.

The ADAC team, along with the police, the road safety service, the fire brigade, the municipal accident insurance association in Hanover and the Accident Insurance Fund of Lower Saxony, will give more advice on the way to school next Sunday. Because together they support the HAZ campaign for a safer road to school in Maschpark. Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., a large family festival takes place at the beginning of the school and brings together important information about road safety and performances for children. With the support of VW Commercial Vehicles and Ostra, there will be concerts with children’s songwriters, a show by Bernd das Brut, a fashion show for the fire brigade, and performances by the police horse and dog unit. Entry to New Town Hall is free.

1. Cross zebra crossings safely

Safely across the street: You must also cross the street quickly at the zebra crossing.

Safely across the street: You must also cross the street quickly at the zebra crossing.

The zebra crossing has nothing to do with real animals – even if the pattern on the street sometimes resembles zebra fur. Theo knows several zebra crossings near the apartment. At the zebra crossing you stop first and make sure the drivers really stop. When the cars are parked, you have to cross the street quickly, but without running. When Theo explains the zebra crossing, a motorbike suddenly takes off and urges everyone to speed up. Theo doesn’t hold back and makes sure the transition is safe – just right.

2. Watch out for drivers even when the light is green

Only if it is green: Often, traffic lights must be directed at pedestrians by the print function.

Only if it is green: Often, traffic lights must be directed at pedestrians by the print function.

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Of course, Theo knows how to behave well at traffic lights: when it’s red stop, when it’s green you can go. When Theo crosses the street when it’s green, the traffic light suddenly turns red. Theo paused for a moment – but quickly crossed the street to the other side of the sidewalk.

3. Beware of hedges or high walls

Better vision: It's helpful to reach aisles to draw attention to yourself.

Better vision: It’s helpful to reach aisles to draw attention to yourself.

Many children pass entrances and exits on their way to school. For example, Theo and Maja discover a barrier behind which there is a car exit. The siblings must lean forward correctly to see if the car is approaching. Theo and Maja use a trick: they extend their arms to draw attention to themselves. So drivers can see them better.

4. Don’t drive when the bus comes

Safe by Bus: Many students use local public transportation to get to school.

Safe by Bus: Many students use local public transportation to get to school.

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You should also behave correctly at the bus stop: under no circumstances should first-graders run across the street quickly because they still want to get on the bus. Being late for school isn’t nice, but getting in an accident is even worse. So you have to calmly wait for the next bus – and do not pay when you board the plane.

5. Be careful between parked cars

Restricted view: Even parked cars can become an obstacle for schoolchildren.

Restricted view: Even parked cars can become an obstacle for schoolchildren.

Meanwhile, even small cars are often wide and tall. That is why children should be extra careful when crossing the street. Parked cars often obscure the view. The ADAC warns that children cannot see cars from the corner of their eyes. They are also easily distracted. So Theo slowly looked behind the car and carefully extended his arm. It is best to use a safe crossing with unobstructed visibility and traffic lights. Only when the street is empty does Theo cross the street quickly and in a controlled manner.

6. Going to school together

Simply safer: you can walk to school together.  It's more fun that way, too.

Simply safer: you can walk to school together. It’s more fun that way, too.

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Walking to school is still the safest way, experts such as the Hannover Municipal Accident Insurance Association team agree. However, for pedestrians, walking to school has another advantage. You can discover a lot. Theo and Maja hold hands on their way to school – that’s safer. And you can have more fun together.

7. Get off the sidewalk

Safe Exit: If the road to school must be completed by car, children should definitely exit on the sidewalk.

Safe Exit: If the road to school must be completed by car, children should definitely exit on the sidewalk.

If you really have to go to school, children should only sit in the back seat on a booster seat and fasten their seat belts. At the station, then Theo exits on the sidewalk. You can only open the car door if you are sure that no one is passing by – for example cyclists

8. Practice, practice, practice

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Brothers Theo and Maja train regularly on the way to school in Altwarmbüchen. The whole family helps them with this. Her mother, Annette Herzog, explains the dangers of railroads. Received support for HAZ tips. Volkswagen has introduced a new ID for commercial vehicles. Buzz “It’s really quiet,” said Theo.

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