parent and teach safe kids

World-Wide Walk to School Day

on September 29, 2012

Top Walking to School Safety Tips
Tips for Walkers

Developmentally, most kids can’t judge speeds and distances until at least age 10, so younger kids need to cross with an adult

Did you know most walking injuries happen mid-block or someplace other than intersections? Whenever possible, cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks

Look left, right and left again before crossing the street, and keep looking and listening while crossing

Walk, don’t run, when crossing the street

It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths, but if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible

Remove headphones when crossing the street, drop an earbud, when on alert out of doors

If you need to use your phone, stop walking

Distraction among drivers is at an all-time high today, so try to make eye contact with the driver before you step into the road

Tips For Drivers
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones, before and after school hours

Most walkers are injured mid-block, not at intersections, so watch out for kids who may dart into traffic or cross where they shouldn’t

Give pedestrians the right of way at a crosswalk

Using cell phones, even hands-free, makes it harder for drivers to be alert to walkers who may also be distracted on cell phones


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