What Parents Should Teach Kids About Traffic Safety

What Parents Should Teach Kids About Traffic SafetyIt is never too early to teach your kids about traffic safety, especially when they are walking, riding a bicycle or a bus to school. Here are some traffic safety rules that parents should teach their children to help keep them safe:

Car safety. Parents should always use seat belts and ensure that children are in a properly fitted car seat. Teach children to be safe around vehicles and to never walk behind a car that is running. Be sure children know that trunks are for storage, not for playing. Don’t allow children to stick their heads, hands or legs out of a car window. Teach them to always exit a car on the curbside.

School bus safety. Children should always stay five giant steps back from the curb at a school bus stop. Teach children to always sit facing forward, not stand up or move around in a moving bus, and to obey the school bus driver. Tell children to look carefully before exiting a school bus, and to take five giant steps away from the bus after they exit. Before cross the street, they need to look both ways twice and wait for a signal from the bus driver or school crossing guard that it is safe to cross.

Bicycle safety. Always outfit children with properly fitted bike helmets with a strap that buckles snugly. Children should ride on bike paths or the sidewalk, not the street. Have children wear brightly colored clothing and ensure their bike has a headlight and a red rear light.

Walking safety. Tell children they should always walk on a sidewalk. When crossing a road, tell them to stop, look and cross and always use a crosswalk if there is one available. If there is a crossing sign, teach them when it is safe to cross. Teach children to never cross the road at a bend, which makes it harder for drivers to see them.

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