As the summer begins to wind down, and both parents and kids start into back-to-school mode, our focus shifts from beach vacations toward backpacks filled with books. But beyond school supplies and new clothes, we should be taking this opportunity to think about back-to-school safety.
As classes start up, more and more kids are going to be out in our neighborhood streets running to catch their buses, riding their bikes or walking to school, and it becomes increasingly important for everyone to be more aware of their surroundings. Kids need to remember to be on guard for traffic when crossing busy streets just as drivers need to be on the look out for kids running out from between cars and or at bus stops.
The folks at Safe Kids USA have some helpful back-to-school tips for drivers and kids to keep in mind as the school year kicks off.
- Drivers should be mindful of residential and school zone speed limits, slow down, and stay especially alert.
- Take the extra time to look for kids at intersections, or on curbs and medians.
- Watch out for kids near roadways in the mornings and after school hours.
- Avoid distractions while driving, such as talking on the phone or texting.
- Children under 10 years of age should always cross the street with an adult.
- Kids should always walk in front of the school bus where the driver can see them.
As your kids start going back to school, there are plenty of opportunities you to talk to them about safety. We’ve got a wealth of information right here at the AMW Safety Center to help you talk to your kids about potential dangers they could find themselves up against. Whether bullying or violence in schools, sporting or online safety, the AMW Safety Center is your resource.