The last thing you want to have happen to your child is for them to be in some type of road accident. Be it when they’re a passenger in a vehicle or as a pedestrian, it’s vital that you teach your kids how to stay safe when they are going to be near the road or around any kind of vehicle.
To help you in doing this, here are three things to teach your children about road safety.
Teach Sidewalk Safety
Even when your children are very little, there’s a good chance that they’ll spend some time walking along the road with you or other trusted adults. But even when you’re looking out for them as best you can, you need to make sure that your kids know what they should be doing to help keep themselves safe.
As part of this, you’ll want to teach your kids what they can do to keep themselves from getting hurt or into any kind of accident as they walk on a sidewalk. Ideally, your kids should walk as far away from the road as possible while staying on the sidewalk. They shouldn’t walk on the edge of the sidewalk, as it can be easy to slip into the road. Additionally, you’ll want to teach your kids to always be looking at the traffic so that they are aware of what’s going on around them and if they need to make any adjustments to how or where they’re walking.
Teach Proper Car Etiquette
Another thing you’ll want to teach your kids about road safety is how to stay safe when they’re in or around cars.
When riding as a passenger in a car, your kids should always keep their seat belt on and stay in their car seat until they’re big enough to move into a new type of seat. As for when your kids are spending time around cars, they should always give cars a wide berth and never go behind a car, especially if it’s about to start moving.
Teach How To Handle Potentially Dangerous Situations
While you’ll never want to think about your child being in a dangerous situation involving a car, preparing your child for this possibility can help them know what to do if they ever were to be in a scary situation.
By sharing with your kids what to do if they get in a car accident, if they get hit by a car, if they’re needing to cross the street, and other common yet potentially scar situations, you’ll help them be able to remain calm and do whatever is in their power to keep themselves as safe as possible.
If you’re feeling the need to teach your kids about road safety, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you with this.