It’s back to school and for young children, learning should be fun and interactive. Here are some ideas to help your child develop safe habits:
Map it out
Plan your child’s walking route, review street names, and landmarks while walking together. Quiz your child on traffic signs whenever using marked crosswalks, crossing lights, and intersections. Create a game to encourage your child to follow your footsteps.
Set a good example
Look left-right-left and shoulder check before crossing. Make eye contact with drivers and keep looking for approaching vehicles while crossing. Remove your headphones so you can hear approaching traffic that may be hard to see.
Wear reflective materials or bright clothes and use lights after dark.
Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk away from the road. If there’s no sidewalk – walk facing oncoming traffic, so you can see approaching vehicles — and never jaywalk.