Summer is almost over, which means school bells will be ringing soon. As exciting as this can sound to most of you parents out there, transportation to and from school can be a dangerous time frame for your kids. Which is why it’s so important to take some time before the new school year to talk with your children about how to get to and home from school safely. And to help you out with that, we are sharing everything you need to know about how to get your kids to school safely no matter what form a transportation they may take.
Whether your kids walk, ride a bike, take the bus, or are driven to school, being safe while going to and coming from school is super important. So let’s get started!
How to Get Your Kids to School Safely
Due to their small size, children are more likely to receive a pedestrian related injury, lack of experience with traffic rules, and having a harder time judge how fast a car is moving and how far away they really are from it. To help keep your kids safe as the walk to and from school, teach your children to only use designated crosswalks with a crossing guard or electronic crossing sign, only walk on the sidewalk, and to make sure they don’t look at any smart devices they may have as they walk so they can keep an eye on their surroundings and be aware of any potential dangers that could happen. If you child is young, it would be best to at least walk with them to and from school so you can train and teach your child how to obey traffic rules, the safest route to take, and how to be on the look out for pedestrian related dangers.
Kids love riding their bikes to school. But there are also a lot of ways in which they can get hurt. So, if your kid ever rides their bike, make sure they get to and from school safely by always wearing a bike helmet that fits, making sure your your kid knows to ride on the right side of the road and ride in a single file if they are riding with friends. We recently share a bike safety post here on the website, and it’s full of other safety rules for kids to follow. So make sure to check that out HERE.
Driving to School
The roads are always super busy before and after school. So if you’re planning on driving your kids to school or participating in a neighborhood carpool, make sure you drive the speed limit, pay attention to pedestrians and those riding their bikes, follow all drop-off and pick-up procedures, and obey all other traffic rules.
Taking the Bus
A couple days ago we dedicated a whole blog post to important bus safety rules that you will definitely want to review with your kids if they take the bus. Along with reviewing the safety guidelines we have there, make sure that while riding the bus, your kids remember to line up away from the road while waiting for the bus to arrive, are polite to the bus driver and all the other kids on the bus, and should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before they get out of their seat.
There you go! The start of a new school year is always a busy time for families. But, if you follow these safety guidelines, you will be able to rest easy knowing your kids have a better change at getting to and from school safely.