For parents and their children, traffic safety is of the utmost importance. Whether it’s walking to the store, biking to school, or crossing the road to catch the bus, it’s important that children know best practices in order to avoid a pedestrian or bicycle accident. If you’re a parent or guardian, here are some important traffic safety for kids tips.
Look Both Ways Before Crossing
Looking both ways prior to crossing the street is one of the most fundamental rules of traffic safety. Even when a crossing guard is present, kids should still be aware of the importance of looking to the left and the right before stepping into the street. If a car is in sight, always make sure that the car is stopping before crossing.
Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings
With technology more readily available than ever before, it’s not uncommon to see kids walking with iPhones, tablets, smart devices, and headphones. While all of these devices can be fun, they can also be dangerous. Talk to your kids about distracted walking. Tell them that when near traffic, distracting items should be put away, and they should focus on their surroundings instead.
Don’t Play Near the Road
No matter a child’s age, playing near the road is a very dangerous thing to do. Not only could a child potentially run or fall into the path of a car, leading to an accident, but a negligent driver could also exit the roadway, and bring his or her vehicle on the sidewalk or into a yard.
Make Sure Cars See You
If the light is green and a kid is in a crosswalk, walking right away can be tempting. The same goes for kids on bikes. They might not always think about what other drivers are doing.
But before making a turn, changing lanes on a bicycle, or crossing a street, kids should take action to help other drivers see them.
- Wearing bright colors
- Waving to drivers
- Making eye contact
Wear a Helmet
If skateboarding, rollerblading, or riding a bike or scooter, children should always wear a helmet. While the hope is that no accidents will occur, if one does happen, a helmet can help to save a child’s life.
Take Action Now!
Take action now to talk to your children about the safest practices when around traffic. A brief conversation about the safety points above can prevent an accident from occurring. For more useful information, check out our pedestrian and bicycle accidents blog.
If you or your child ever is involved in a collision, we want to be there for you. For legal counsel, call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at 215-642-2335.