Spring Safety Tips for Children
The most obvious tip is to never cross the street without looking. Yet, so many times I've watched children cross without even attempting to look, or think to glance side to side in the middle of the street. I think kids just become used to crossing back and forth and take it for granted that there won't be any traffic. It is really important to teach kids that they must stop each and every time before stepping onto the street. Teach and train kids to use not just their hearing, but also their sight before crossing. If there is a cross walk available teach children to cross only using the cross walk, and make sure they know to never attempt to cross the street by going between two parked cars. One of my biggest fears is cars pulling out of their driveways and the danger of the driver not seeing children in their rear view mirrors. I always remind my kids to be aware of their surroundings at all time.
Spring Safety Tips for Drivers
As a driver and a parent of children, my number one tip is to slow down, and don't take your eyes off the road ever. Don't let yourself become distracted by talking or texting on a cell phone. I also can't believe the number of people I see reading or checking their makeup. It is really important to remember that kids are more likely to be out and about now, that spring is here, and they can be unpredictable. For drivers it is simple - cut your speed, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
We all need to take responsibility when it comes to street safety. Children need to learn and put into practice the rules, and drivers need to be very diligent when on the road, and everyone will remain safe and sound as we enjoy springtime weather.