5 Tips to Help Keep your Kids Safe When They’re Out Without You
Here are five tips to help keep your kids safe should walking to school or walking without you be a part of their daily routine—which is critical given that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries than those in vehicles.
- Consider jackets, backpacks, and sneakers with bright colors and reflective material. All three can keep kids visible in the early morning hours.
- Stick to sidewalks when possible. Choose a route where your kids can stay on sidewalks the majority of the time. The more they’re able to avoid traffic while walking to school, the lower their chances are of getting hurt.
- Teach your children to avoid any activity that could pose a risk of falling into the path of a moving vehicle, including pushing, shoving, or picking up sticks and debris.
- If you have more than one child walking to school together, encourage your older child(ren) to stand closest to the road to increase visibility.
- Ask your child to put his or her phone, earbuds, and other electronic devices away on the walk home. They can be a major distraction and take your child’s eyes and ears off the road.
Pedestrian deaths in 2020 increased by 21% from 2019—and bus stops and school zones aren’t exempt from the risks. If your children, grandchildren, or others you care about are walking to school, make sure they’re doing so safely.