Transporting the Kids
As a parent, you constantly worry about your children’s safety – especially when they grow old enough to go to school. If your kids walk to school, teach them to walk on the left-side of the road, facing traffic, as this presents opportunities to establish eye-contact with approaching motorists and make quick judgments to protect oneself. If they are out after dark, advise them to wear reflective clothing or carry a light when walking or biking near roads. Remind them to be alert at all times.
If you taxi your kids around town, you will likely find yourself driving back and forth to and from school, afternoon activities, play dates and sporting events. Make sure you have properly-installed car seats for all ages of children traveling with you, including newborns, infants, toddlers, and older kids. Let caretakers know which restraints your children should have and how to install and use them. Finally, talk to your kids about proper seat belt fitting and position and make sure everyone buckles up every time.
The risks to your children’s safety increase as they spend more time on or near roads. Whether your kids walk, ride their bikes, or drive to school, cultivate a sense of alertness and personal responsibility. They are the last line of defense of their own safety.