Kids Traffic Safety

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Gear up on hand signals, manuevering around pedestrians and more by
watching the video above.

#5: Have a ball, but not in the front yard.
Playing ball in the front yard presents many dangers ~ kids follow
the ball onto the street forgetting the perils of vehicles in the  
trajectory. Have a ball somewhere else, like a school yard.

Negligent drivers may face a personal injury lawsuit, but don't let
that fact get in the way of negligent parenting. It's up to you to
teach your children how to navigate safely. With good information
and practice, your kids will make it home safely.

#6: Track your kids around the railroad tracks.
As trains are coming back into vogue, so are the deaths from
trains. According to the
Texas Railroad Crossing Safety, a train
hits someone in America every 115 minutes. Teach your kids that
it's their responsibility to avoid the trains, since the trains can't
avoid them.

  • Know that speed is an optical illusion. There's an optical
    illusion when it comes to the speed of trains. It may look
    slow, but it's coming fast and can't easily stop.

  • Don't take shortcuts through the train tracks. A train track
    is never a shortcut. In the classic movie, Stand By Me, there
    were several close calls with trains involving rambunctious
    boys. With parental guidance this is a good movie to watch
    with your kids. Have the conversation to potentially save a
    life.

  • Train tracks are tripping hazards. Always use the
    pedestrian crossing, which levels the train tracks to avoid
    trips, slips and falls.

  • Put down the devices. Distracted walking is deadly. People
    wearing headsets have died walking in the path of train
    simply for being so focused on the music or talk and not
    realizing the train was oncoming.

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Kid traffic safety
Stay safe on the road with these important traffic safety tips

Road traffic safety for kids.
Your kids can't survive the apocalypse if they don't survive their
way walking or biking to and from school. Make sure your kids
understand traffic safety when the rubber meets the road.

Kids Traffic Safety Tips for Preppers
It's the worst nightmare if you're a parent ~ the call that your
child's been injured or killed in a pedestrian traffic accident.

When you're a prepper planning for worst case scenarios like an
ElectroMagnetic Pulse or a pandemic, it's easy to overlook the
everyday dangers, but one of the most important things you can
do as a prepper parent is to teach your child traffic safety.

"One in five traffic deaths among children ages 14 and under,"
according the Centers for Disease Control. If you have a kid, the
alarm bells should be ringing, especially when the school bell
releases your kids. Prepping is just as much about surviving the
day as it is about surviving an emergency. Below are some tips
for kids traffic safety.

Below are the most important road safety tips from a prepper's
perspective...

#1: Shift the responsibility of bus and bike safety.
Bikes and buses are a great means of alternate transportation to
help give your kids independence, but with independence also
comes responsibility. It's easy to overlook ~ and since it doesn't
take a license to operate a bike or walk, you can't assume your
kids will know the rules of the road.

Did you know that more than a third of accidents involving a
school bus are with pedestrians and not the passengers inside
the bus or with other vehicles? That's why it's important to
ensure your child has a personal responsibility for his or her
safety around buses.

  • Shift the responsibility of safety around buses to your kid!
    While drivers have a increased "duty of care" around child
    pedestrians, it's up to you to teach your kids to be
    responsible for their own safety around buses. Your kids'
    lives depend on the shift in responsibility, especially when
    they ride bikes around buses. Tell them you read an article
    (this one) where the author's cousin died getting clipped by
    a bus while riding his bike. He was only ten years old and
    his name was Jesper. Tell this story to your children tonight
    for Jesper.

  • A bus can make a kid invisible. Make sure your kids
    understand that a bus limits visibility for drivers and
    pedestrians. Tell your kids "If you're near a bus, chances are
    drivers won't see you ~ you are invisible to them." Buses, by
    their sheer size, limit the visibility of other drivers to see
    your child and your child's ability to see the vehicles. Warn a
    child to wait for the bus to pass and not to try to maneuver
    around the bus, especially while on a bike, skateboard or
    razor. You'd be surprised how many kids, especially high
    school students, feel invincible and pay no mind to the
    buses and put their lives in danger unnecessarily.  

  • Know that clothing can catch onto school bus doors. The
    drawstrings from clothing and backpacks have been known to
    catch on the school bus door while getting on and off the
    bus. On occasion a child with a long scarf, backpack or other
    clothing gets dragged by the school bus.


  • Use a helmet, blah, blah blah. Many states require kids to
    16 and under to wear a helmet ~ Washington State has no
    bicycle helmet laws at all, but wearing a helmet is a good
    idea no matter the law. Another important consideration is
    that it also may affect a liability claim if your child violates
    the helmet law.

#2: Use the crosswalks, don't cross-walk.
Teach your kids to exercise caution at the cross walk ~ they
should use the crosswalk and not cross-over the crosswalk. Kids
should walk within the lines and not shortcut over or walk
diagonally at an intersection.

Almost 5,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2013,
and there were more than 156,000 others treated in emergency
departments for nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for
Disease Control.

It's not enough to teach kids to look both ways before crossing
the street. A crosswalk doesn't ensure your child's safety. You
must teach your child the following precautions:

  • Look into the driver's eyes before using the crosswalk.
    Even when your kid is following the law, there's always the
    possibility that the driver is distracted and might not be
    noticing a pedestrian in the path. That's why it's important
    to have your kids make a visual contact with the driver
    before crossing. In this valuable time, when your kid looks
    into the driver's eyes and makes contact, there's a level of
    assurance that the driver acknowledges the presence of the
    pedestrian. It's added assurance that the driver isn't
    distracted.

  • Walk, don't ride the crosswalk. Kids should dismount and
    walk across the crosswalk. Teach kids to walk their bike
    across the crosswalk and not ride. The same goes for
    skateboards ~ get off the skateboard or razer board and
    walk across the intersection. Why walk and not ride? The
    speed factor is the answer. Drivers expect walkers and when
    a bike comes suddenly into the crosswalk who wasn't first
    waiting along the edge, there's a potential for running them
    over! Immature kids have inability to judge distances and
    speeds. Boys in particular take more unnecessary risks. A
    Bronx boy died riding his scooter across the crosswalk in May
    2018. His live was taken in an instant.

  • Be visible to drivers! Use flashlights, wear bright, white or
    light-colored clothing to ensure you're more visible at dawn
    and dusk. You can also put reflective tape on backpacks to
    help make your kids more visible by night or wear a
    reflective safety vest for the purpose.

  • Put down the device while crossing. Don't allow your child
    the distraction of walking and using their cell phone
    simultaneously ~ especially at crosswalks. Teach them that
    if they want to check their messages, they can pull over and
    find a safe place. Ensure they understand the same rules as
    adults: "don't text and walk" is the same as "don't text and
    drive."

#3: Listen and look for parked car dangers.
Parked cars don't stay parked. Teach kids to be on the lookout
and listen for potential and sudden movement.

  • Listen for cars. Electric cars are relatively quiet so you'll
    have to train your child to listen for all kinds of engine
    sounds. When you're with young kids walking get them
    started early by making it a game. Instead of "Eye Spy" play
    "Ear we go again." Ask your child to identify engine sounds,
    trucks reversing,

  • Have an open door policy. Remind kids that doors may
    open! Kids riding their bike on the street must be cognizant
    of car doors opening. It's a horrible fact that a bicyclist could
    propel over the door suddenly in the path. Obviously drivers
    are supposed to be responsible and look for the presence of
    bikes, but the reality is that they don't. Remind kids that
    any door may open, but they can try to see if there's a driver
    in the parked car so they can better anticipate the potential
    obstacle.

  • Parked cars are potentially moving targets. Drivers
    sometimes pull over temporarily to wait for someone, check
    their cell phone, sneeze, deal with a kid in the backseat or
    some other distraction. They might aren't always parked and
    kids need to be aware they are potential moving targets.

#4: Know where the sidewalk ends.
Where the Sidewalk Ends is a beautiful book of kids poems by
Shel Silverstein, but a child's life can also end on a sidewalk.
Most people think sidewalks are safe, but kids are invisible on
sidewalks when they ride a bike there.

  • Learn the dangers of sidewalk riding. A sidewalk is a
    parking lot ~ and at any time a car could be backing out.
    Because of this, sidewalk riding is dangerous, according to
    the bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. Sidewalks are dangerous
    places for kids whether by foot or wheel, though the
    education around this fact hasn't really gone mainstream.
    Laws about bicycling on sidewalks are set by local
    jurisdictions. Some jurisdictions, like in Washington state,
    it's illegal to ride your bike on the sidewalk ~ and for good
    reason.Drivers aren't fully engages when they back out of
    the driveway. They may be fastening their seat belt, putting
    on their glasses, adjusting the mirror or seat, defogging or
    cooling their car, putting a beverage into the cup holder ~
    and any other number of things. These little distractions add
    up and when they are ready to back up the timing could be
    deadly if your child's bike is whizzing by.

  • Beware that sidewalks often have uneven pavement.
    City streets are well maintained, while sidewalks aren't. In
    part, homeowners work with the city to make repais as tree
    roots move up and destroy the cement and cause the
    sidewalk to buckle up. "Step on a crack, break your mothers
    back," is an old children's game that heeds this warning.
    Avoiding sidewalk cracks is good for anyone to avoid tripping.

  • Use the "No Curb appeal" rule. A curb has a natural appeal
    to kids who may fidget up and down while waiting. While it's
    tempting for kids to stand on the curb while waiting for a
    crosswalk signal or a bus, teach them to stand back a few
    feet, so they don't trip, slip or fall into the oncoming street
    traffic.

  • Kids should look for cars backing out of the driveway.
    Sidewalks are tight spaces. The final thing to remember with
    a sidewalk is that there's not much space for maneuvering.
    With such a narrow path there's not much room for avoiding
    problems of cars backing out. Driveways are danger zones
    and you need to get your kids to acknowledge this. Below is
    a video on sidewalk bike safety ~ consider it a crash course
    if riding on the sidewalk is legal in your locale.
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