My Road Safety Pledge

22 Mar 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Help improve safety on Oman’s roads and win a share of cash prizes worth a total of RO150.

There’s still time to take the pledge!

To mark the GCC’s recent Road Safety Week, Y Magazine launched a very special competition to help children across the Sultanate understand the importance of road safety.

And you and your children can play a part in making Oman’s roads safer for all of us.

Presented by Panorama Mall and in association with Familia, our Road Safety Pledge is aimed at educating parents and children about the importance of safety on our roads, as well as wearing seatbelts.

With road fatalities in the GCC considered to be some of the highest in the world, this is an important initiative that we hope will help to save more lives on the Sultanate’s roads.

In the March 9 issue, you would have found a special card inside Y Magazine, which will enable children to make their pledges about road safety – and enter the competition. These could include promising to wear a seatbelt at all times, not jumping around the car unrestrained or even asking mum or dad to put down their mobile phones and stop speeding. There are lots of ways you can make a difference.

This is YOUR pledge so be creative and think about what you would like to change.

And when you have filled out the card, all you have to do is to get your mum or dad to sign it so we know you will be making a huge effort to help you and your family to stay safe while driving.

To help you with your entries, head to the food court at Panorama Mall tomorrow (Friday, March 24) at 7pm, where children can decorate their cards and make their pledge.

We’ve extended the competition deadline by two days, giving you an extra weekend to get your cards ready! When you are finished, simply take the card to one of the dropboxes located around Muscat.

The best three pledges – don’t forget, you can also add your own drawings or other designs to the card – will share in a total cash prize of RO150.

The closing date for entries is March 26.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving all your entries – and in the meantime, stay safe on the roads!


  • The best three pledges will win a cash reward of RO75 (first place), RO50 (second place) and RO25 (third place). The winners will receive their prizes at a special ceremony on March 30.


  • SPAR Darsait
  • SPAR Madinat Sultan Qaboos
  • SPAR Al Hail

7 Tips To Keep Your Child Safe On the Road

Besides teaching about road safety rules for kids, parents should also keep in mind the following tips to ensure that their children stay safe on the road:

1. Buckle up and ensure that your child always wears the seat belt or is secured in a car seat.

2. Use the child lock feature to prevent your kids from opening car doors by themselves.

3. Teach them about the rules practically – take them for walks and cycling, and teach them how to do it correctly.

4. Show patience when driving and set an example for your kids to be calm and to refrain from rushing out on to the road.

5. Be punctual and disciplined to avoid speeding and rash driving.

6. Do not use mobile phones or other gadgets when driving.

7. Never leave your kids alone in the car.


  • The competition is open to children aged 16 and under
  • Cards must be completed by children only and then signed by a parent or guardian
  • Entries will be disqualified if there is evidence of parental involvement
  • Entries received after the closing date of March 24 will not go forward to the judging stage
  • Children of employees of SABCO Media or associated companies are excluded from taking part
  • The editor’s decision is final
  • Winners will be notified by email or telephone

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