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4 road safety tips to teach your children

On Behalf of | Mar 29, 2024 | Personal Injury |

As a parent, your children’s safety will be a primary concern. Yet, for all the talk of dangerous strangers, the biggest threat to your little ones’ safety is the traffic on your local roads.

Helping your children understand the dangers of traffic and what they can do to mitigate the dangers will serve them for their whole life, not just their childhood. Here are some tips:

Stay alert

Many people walk while looking at their phones. Others walk while using headphones. Both reduce the ability to take in what is happening around you. Teach your children that if they do use a phone or headphones, they should put them away or take them off before crossing the road.

Be predictable

Drivers expect pedestrians to use the sidewalk and to cross at crosswalks. Using these, instead of walking in the road or crossing at unmarked places, makes it less likely a driver will spot you.

Choose a safe route

It can be tempting to take the shortest route when walking. However, with careful route planning, you can often find a safer option that does not take much longer. Ones that involve fewer road crossings or better lighting can reduce the chance of injury.

Be cautious

Teach your children to make eye contact with a driver before crossing at a crosswalk. Teach them it is better to wait if they are unsure whether a driver has seen them or will stop in time. Many drivers get distracted while driving and are not as alert as they should be.

Unfortunately, an accident could still occur even if your child follows all these tips. In this case, you’ll need to learn how to claim compensation.