Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Most parents celebrate when it is time for children to go back to school. It means that the grocery bill decreases and a possibility for a little “me” time increases. Since the kid’s summer started in March as a result of the pandemic, this is especially true. Below please find tips from American Automobile Association (AAA) to help keep kids safe during this time of year:

Slow down – Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian child, struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph, is nearly two thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Come to a complete stop – Research shows that more than one third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Eliminate distractions – Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. Children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not driving distracted.

Reverse responsibly – Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway, and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under, or around vehicles.

Watch for bicycles – Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady, and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.

Talk to your teen – Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.