As a parent, you might worry about your children sometimes. There are all kinds of things out there in the world that can happen to them, and it’s impossible to protect them entirely. However, there are definitely steps you can take that make their safety and security more likely.
You might let your kids play in the yard or around the neighborhood, but you also might have reckless driver concerns. There are always drunk drivers, speeders, and distracted drivers on the roads. Let’s briefly review some of the best ways you can try to protect your kids from reckless drivers as much as possible.
You Can Teach Them to Look Both Ways Before Crossing
If you think that reckless drivers are not something you need to worry about, look at the statistics for a moment. Between 2008 and 2017, cars struck and killed 49,340 US residents. Children were some of those.
However, you can:
- Talk to your kids about looking in both directions before crossing the street
- Go out there and practice with them to make sure they’ve got it down
As you walk around the neighborhood with your young child, you can practice looking both ways with them until it becomes second nature. You can emphasize they should never run into the street to chase a ball or frisbee until they make sure the way is clear and there are no cars coming.
You Can Teach Them to Only Cross at the Crosswalk
You can also teach your kids that they should only cross a street where there is a crosswalk. By doing so:
- You’re making their safety more likely
- You’re instilling an excellent lifelong habit
You can explain that on some streets, there are no crosswalks, and if it’s a quiet side street, that’s the only time it’s okay for them to cross without one. However, they still need to look both ways to make sure no traffic is coming.
You can also tell them they should never cross a highway or a very busy thoroughfare. If a street is too busy and there is no crosswalk, they need to find an alternate means to get where they’re going.
You Can Instruct Them to Wear Bright Clothing at Night
You can also warn your kids to come in when night falls. You don’t want them out there past dark when drivers cannot see them as well.
When they’re a little bit older, and you’re letting them stay out past dark, you can also tell them to wear brightly-colored clothing. That is one way the drivers should be able to see them better if they do happen to be coming back from a friend’s house after night has fallen.
You Can Move to a Quiet Neighborhood
If you find out you’re going to have kids, you can also move to a quieter neighborhood where there is not very much traffic. If you live on a main road, there’s much more danger if cars are always rushing past at high speeds.
You can move to a dead-end street or one where there is little traffic. Your kids will be able to see a car coming long before it gets there, so they can keep the street clear.
You might also get yourself a house with a fence. You can instruct your children to stay in the yard and away from the street. If you move to a house that does not have a fence, you can always install one. A simple chain link fence does not cost very much.
You Can Instruct Your Kids to Play in the Backyard
If your kids are still young, one more thing you can do is tell them to play in the backyard rather than in the front, by the busy street. If they stay in the backyard and play there, they will not run out in the road, and they’ll stay off the sidewalk as well. They can watch out not only for cars but also for joggers and cyclists.
As a parent, you can teach your child these safety measures to be aware of reckless drivers as they grow up. You can start by staying with them as they play, and if they need to cross the street or leave the yard, you can show them how to do that safely.
Children learn by example, and if you hold their hand and look both ways every time you cross the street, they’ll understand that this is how adults behave.
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