Back to School Road Safety Tips: Keeping Children Safe
Can you believe that summer is almost over? Where did the time go? We guess it always flies by when you’re outside enjoying the sun and fun with friends and family. The summer months are always filled with great activities like trips to the beach, cycling, rollerblading, swimming and weekends at the cottage. It’s a time of year that creates a lot of lasting memories.
As we approach September, we start to think about the back-to-school season. While our children might not be excited about getting back into the routine, it’s an important part of their development. And we all know that once they get back with their friends enjoying recess and their favourite classes, it will be smooth sailing. With back-to-school season, we have to take extra precautions to ensure we keep our future leaders safe. Whether they’re walking or biking to school or taking the bus with friends, safety is the most important part of the equation.
Let’s take a look at some great tips we’ve collected from parents and families across Canada and North America that can help keep your kids safe so they can enjoy their new school routine as much as possible.
More and more children are walking, biking, rollerblading and scootering to school. It’s a great way to keep them active with friends, but it can be dangerous if the right safety precautions aren’t taken.
- Always wear a helmet and the necessary safety equipment like wrist guards and kneepads
- Stay within designated bike lanes
- Always walk the bike or scooter across the roadway when at intersections
- Follow the rules of the roadway
Most intersections will have traffic signals or crossing guards, but it’s important to teach your children about certain safety tips, including:
-Looking both ways before crossing
-Listen for traffic
- Only cross when the road is clear, you have the right of way or the crossing guard is providing direction
- Walk, don’t run – there’s no rush
- Cross with a buddy or parent when possible
Driver Tips: Keeping Everyone Safe
While it’s important to teach our children about how they can stay safe while traveling to and from school, it’s equally as important for drivers to understand how they can do their part in keeping everyone on the road safe.
The back-to-school season means there will be more children walking and biking on our roads. It can be quite busy in the mornings and afternoons. The most important thing to understand is that many children don’t have a lot of experience with traffic safety. Further, they can sometimes forget about what’s going on around them as they’re having fun with friends along the way.
Drivers need to take extra safety precautions while driving during the school season. Here’s how you can keep everyone safe the next time you’re behind the wheel:
- Take extra care when driving by parked cars
- Be aware of school zones and reduce your speed
- Travel through intersections slowly and keep your eyes on the crosswalks
- Be patient as children cross the road
- Obey all crossing guard directions
- Make eye contact with children who are waiting to cross at an intersection
- Drive slow through neighbourhood streets
- Obey all bus signals and don’t try to pass when they’re stopped
Sharing Your Back-to-School Safety Tips: Help Keep Kids Safe Everywhere
The back-to-school season is one of the busiest times of years. As we get set to send off our youngsters to the homeroom, we have to keep safety front of mind.
Keeping our kids safe starts with building awareness about the potential dangers they could encounter during their travels to and from school. Do you have any tips that you think other parents could benefit from? Share them with our network on Twitter or Facebook
! We’d love to hear from you as your ideas might just help keep kids across Canada and North America safer this summer.
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