Sunday, 26 September 2010

Back to School : Car and Kid Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents

School has been back in session for a few weeks and for those with little ones attending, people who live near a school, or commuters who drive by during the am drop-off or pm pick-up rush - it can be a very chaotic and potentially dangerous driving and pedestrian situation.

Some schools have established a regulated traffic flow pattern for dropping off and picking up children, including the use of cones and staff dedicated to guiding drivers. This is in addition to crossing guards, who do a very important job of ensuring the safety of and reducing accidents involving pedestrians.

A few tips have been published in the Consumer Reports Blogs about Kid Safety. But here are some other things to consider
  1. Avoid distractions by staying off your cell phone, turning off your stereo, and putting down your cup of coffee (or even worse habit when driving - food).
  2. If weather permits (practically year round in California), roll down your window(s) so you can hear any sirens, warnings, instructions, etc. This will keep you tuned into any possible alerts or pending messes.
  3. Keep your child buckled in as long as possible, and have them buckle up as soon as possible.
  4. Avoid backing up. This is one of the most dangerous driving maneuvers when children are present.
  5. PLAN ACCORDINGLY - school starts times and end times are scheduled, be a responsible adult and take the time needed to afford you decreased stress and less rush. Routine is key.
For more information and other types of tips. see

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