How Road Safety for Kids Can Prevent Tragic Driveway Deaths for Families
NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia February 2014 – It’s happened in many movies, and unfortunately it happens in real life too. The parents are trying to take the kids somewhere and they have to struggle with getting all of their belongings together, they’re nagging the children to stay close by as they walk to the car, and they take their eyes off them for only seconds and disaster strikes.
Although sometimes it can be a challenge, keeping kids safe is the responsibility of the parents. Children are often not able to grasp the risks involved in being near vehicles in the driveway, the car park or on the side of the road. They are not yet equipped with the knowledge of the risks and dangers involved in even slow-moving vehicles; they don’t have the ability to judge distances and they don’t understand when drivers can’t see them.
Mother of three, former policewoman and creator of road safety for kids device Safe-T-Hand, Jo Byron says, “Parents need to explain to their children the hazards that cars and driveways can cause and how they can keep themselves away from accidents. Children need their parents’ help to judge the distance and speed of moving vehicles and check for traffic so that’s why I think it’s best we educate children about the dangers of the road, how they can stay safe around cars and then explain that they should wait for an adult to help them.” www.safethand.com.au/
Jo knows it’s difficult to encourage children to “wait” for anything, so that’s why she created Safe-T-Hands to keep kids safe – a brightly coloured magnet or sticker in the shape of a car, which is placed on the car, and children are taught that they must hold their parent’s hand or put their hand on the Safe-T-Hand until the parent is ready to safely move everyone away from the car. This way children are engaged in the bright colours and pictures on surrounding the hand in the Safe-T-Hand’s centre and don’t mind waiting. It also creates a great routine so they know what they should do every time they get out of the car. www.safethand.com.au/
Jo shares some other tips on road safety for kids:
- Instil in children that although they can see the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle may not be able to see them in return.
- It is important that an adult hold the child’s hand upon leaving the vehicle and ask them to put their hand on the Safe-T-Hand if they need their hands to do other things, such as getting the pram out or putting groceries in the car.
- Teaching road safety to kids includes telling them that it is important to never play near a vehicle even though it is parked.
- Toys and other sports equipments should be kept away from the driveway so as to avoid children being in that area.
- Contact Information
- Jo Byron
- (61) 0400 595 206
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