The easy way to alert a child is to play a game at home with the toy car in explaining the rules to sit or behave while driving. They also are very interested in learning about automobile parts and this is irrespective of a boy or girl child. Get them to be interested in observing how the traffic slows and pulls up at the signals. It is important for ourselves to heed to traffic rules and the indication given by the traffic police as kids are constantly watching us.
When kids travel by their first van to the play school or the first school bus, it is natural for all parents to be apprehensive. They may seem anxious but most school buses have responsible care takers who help children. It is better to tell the child to sit in a safe position and hold on for support especially when the sudden breaks happen. Discipline is very important while traveling and hence the more we travel with children the sooner they learn to adapt.
It is also a way of educating them and satisfying their inquisitive nature by showing them speed and distance while traveling. Take them in all kinds of transport like trains, buses or the rickshaw. The exposure to many vehicles make them realize the probable danger. While you drive the car, it is important to let them be belted on the backseat and also advise them it is for their safety. Initially they may not like to be chained but then keep them occupied with simple toys or books.
Pavement or footpath rules are important. Actually the best way to learn is to observe. If you show kids how people walk on the road and observe lane discipline it is easier for them to understand. Let them walk independently on the pavement and this gives them a great sense of independence. Supervise older kids while crossing lanes and most importantly do not flout rules yourselves.