Road safety for kids
Here comes the vacation season. Time of enjoyment for children. Free from schools and burden of tuition, this is the best time of year of children. But for parents this time give lots of effort to complete your child’s demands.
Indian roads are battle ground. Here you can expect the unexpected. Everyone here is in hurry to be first. Even you can see rickshaw drivers driving without following rules. In this situation it is very difficult for parents to send their children to play on the grounds or with friends.
Toddlers like to be the boss. While it is the age of rapid development parents need to be very careful about their kids. Here we provide simple tips to help your kids to understand road safety.
- Talk to your kids about how to be safe and aware while walking.
- Tell kids to look left, right and left again when crossing the street. Teach them to never run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
- It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
- Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Most injuries happen mid-block or someplace other than intersections.
- Always accompany your kids while crossing on Indian roads.
- Look out for an area that do not have vehicle’s movement for kid’s playing.
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Aarohi Mehta is physical therapist and sports coach.