Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe on Scotland's roads. Road Safety is a priority for everyone. It is important to teach children about road safety and common sense when travelling or near the road but it is also essential for adults to keep their own knowledge about road safety up to date. This section gives advice on different aspects of road safety for children, adults, cyclists, motorcyclists and elderly drivers.

If you are unlucky enough to be in an accident, you can request a copy of the police incident report from Police Scotland. Details can be found here.

Children travelling in cars

Road Safety Character - Adult with Baby in Car SeatFor any journey in a car, the law requires that drivers must make sure children under 14 years of age are properly restrained. Younger children should always be placed in an appropriate child car seat. This section details the specific legislation for children travelling in cars.


Information and advice for parents on how you can teach your children how to cross the road safely, look out for dangerous situations and to use common sense when near the road. Road safety should be taught by example and guidance with a trusted adult, from an early age. Road Safety Character - Child with Ball

Child Cyclists

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Getting a bike is a milestone in any child’s life. With a bike comes independence to get around and to go further. When your child gets their first bike you will spend a lot of time teaching them how to ride their bike, but equally as important is teaching them about the road and how to keep themselves safe when cycling.

Adult Cyclists

Cycling is a great way to stay in shape whilst travelling but it is important to stay safe. This section gives advice for adult cyclists on how to remain safe when cycling. You can find information on the right clothing to wear, safety equipment and general bicycle maintenance. Road Safety Character - Adult Cyclist

New/Young Drivers

Road Safety Character - Young DriverThis section provides advice for both young and new drivers. Getting your driving license is a rite of passage for any young person. Just because you have a license does not mean the learning stops, a large amount of learning happens after you pass your test.


Scotland has some of the best roads in Europe for motorbikes however you should always be aware of your own vulnerability and ride according to the road, weather and traffic conditions. This section gives advice on how to reduce risk and stay safe. Road Safety Character - Motorcyclist

Elderly Drivers

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Elderly drivers need to ensure that they are still capable of driving safely as they get older. This section lists advice on some of the things elderly drivers can do to ensure they are safe and also to recognise changes in their driving ability and their health.

Winter Road Safety

The weather in Scotland is notoriously unpredictable at the best of times and none more so than winter. We aim to provide you with all of the information you need to be fully prepared for a typically cold, icy and wet season. Whether you are a cyclist, driver or pedestrian, the information below should give you an understanding and awareness of what you should be doing to ensure that you are ready for winter. Winter Safety Character - Snowman