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Friday, April 5, 2013

Get out and enjoy the fresh spring air & remember these tips to stay safe

We live in a community where kids still play amongst themselves on our street.  I am thankful for that, and most people who travel our street are aware that there are
children out and about, but not everyone.  Sometimes I see people speed around our corner, those drivers are either not aware that children could be playing or are too distracted to take note.  So, as we put away the kids winter boots for the season, it is also a good time to go over street safety tips with my children. 

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.  


Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel said...

So true! I find in Spring kids are more likely to run out on the road.

Great tips!

Sydney Bows said...

Always have to be very careful in the suburban areas in the warmer months! Kids are out all the time.

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

We just bought some pylons from the $ store to put at the end of the driveway for when we are playing out close to the road! My son seems to need the reminder :)

Little Miss Kate said...

We are starting to get out on spring walks now that the snow is gone. This year will we be teaching DS the safety rules for playing outside

Sny Med said...

These are great tips, and I totally agree about kids (and adults) not even glancing across the street before crossing. On my street there was a person walking down the middle of street with headphones on and did not move as I honked at him.


Journeys of The Zoo said...

I have two young kids and we live on a gravel road. The number of people that go racing by is crazy (and they're my neighbours!?). Not to mention all the dust they bring up.

I hope that all of them read this post.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
Finding Humour in Everyday Life
journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

Mommy Moment said...

So true! Street safety is so important, and often we get caught telling our kids not to run into the street moments before it is happening. Talking about it before hand makes so much more sense!