Guidelines for Keeping Children Safe on the Road
A road is a dangerous place, regardless of a human person's age. As a parent, your child's safety is your top priority but you can't keep an eye on them all the time. The best thing you can do as a parent is to teach your child the following guidelines for road safety.
The road is not a playgroundChildren love to play and you don't necessarily have to keep them cooped up in the house or your backyard. To help them develop healthy social skills, they need to mingle with other kids, too. But make sure they know that the road is a dangerous place to be in. Inform them that the road is off-limits and that they can play in designated play areas within your community instead. A safe choice would be the park or any fenced area where vehicles cannot enter.
Make use of sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalksHelp them understand that sidewalks are a safe place for your children to walk in while cars use roads to get from one place to another. Pedestrian lanes also provide a safe way for them to cross the streets. Make sure to let them know when and when not to cross the streets, too. In cases where sidewalks aren't available, tell your child to face oncoming traffic so they see if cars are coming at their direction.
Stay AlertWhether your kids are near the road during the day or during night time, make sure they always stay alert. Complacency can make them more prone to pedestrian or road accidents. Make your kids aware that it's not ideal to have headphones on or earbuds on both ears while using the sidewalk or crosswalk.