Backpack? Check. New class timetable? Check. Street safety tips? Read on.
It’s that time of year again when children head back to school and we’re all left wondering where the summer went. Now is the ideal time to ensure that your children are good pedestrians, especially if they walk to and from school and/or the bus stop. The ideal situation is to always have an adult supervise a child, but as the child gets older, this is not always possible.
To help ensure that your child is ready to head back into the new school year, review these pedestrian safety tips:
- Do not cross the street alone if younger than 10 years of age.
- Look for signs that a car is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).
- Obey all traffic signals. Kids should cross the street at crosswalks if there is one.
- Cross only at intersections and crosswalks.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
- Look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street. Continue looking while crossing.
- Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets and make sure to watch out for traffic the entire time you are in the crosswalk.
- Wear reflective clothing if going outside after dark.
- Walk your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least 5 steps back from the curb, and to line up and away from the street as the bus approaches.
- Put down devices while crossing the street, walking, and getting on and off the bus. One in five high school students cross the street while distracted by technology. Teach your kids to put devices down, look up, and listen.
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