As everyone knows, there will be an increased number of children out on the street on Halloween. These kids are distracted by excitement, are poor judges of traffic threats, may have restricted movement and vision because of their costumes, and believe they are indestructible. With that in mind, motorists must be especially careful on Halloween night. The list of tips below will help keep motorists safe on this special night:
- Stay Home – If you don’t have to be anywhere, plan on an evening at home. Keep in mind Halloween festivities start as early as 4:00 PM. In fact, accidents involving pedestrians are four times more likely to occur between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM on this holiday than any other day.
- Use an Alternate Route – Try choosing a route that is less likely to be used by trick-or-treaters. There may already be kids on the streets when you leave work so plan accordingly.
- Discourage Teens from Driving – Keep inexperienced drivers off the road by giving them a ride or by planning activities to keep them at home.
- Slow Down – Keep your speed below the limit in residential areas to give yourself more time to stop, should a child dart out in front of you.
- Stay Alert – Watch the sidewalks and curbs where kids are walking. They may step out from between parked cars, so be aware. Stopped vehicles are likely to be letting out passengers that may cross in front of you, so don’t pass them.
- Avoid Distractions – Turn down your radio and don’t use a cell phone while driving.
- Signal – Let other drivers and pedestrians know what you are doing. If you are dropping off or picking up passengers, turn on your hazard lights. Use turn signals at intersections and when changing lanes.
- No Drinking – Don’t be distracted by the holiday parties that you might attend. There’s never an excuse to drink and drive.
Of course parents warn their children to be safe when walking to school or the park or to meet their friends. Kids, like anyone else, are more receptive to reasons than rules. Judging speed and distance isn’t fully developed in youngsters and their smaller size and inexperience with traffic rules puts them at greater risk of pedestrian dangers. On October 8, 2014 we’ll be celebrating International Walk and Bike to School Day. If your child/children will be walking or biking to school on Wednesday, take some time to go over these reminders and pedestrian safety tips with them:
- Cross the street using crosswalks or at street corners.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing so that you know that they see you.
- Use the sidewalk whenever available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk on the side of the street and face the traffic.
- Don’t enter the street from behind parked cars.
- Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Pay extra attention when using electronic devices.
- Put electronic devices down when crossing the road.
- If using a cell phone is necessary, stop walking/biking and find a safe place to use it.
- Pay attention to cars moving in or out of driveways.
- Wear light or reflective clothing especially if you must be out walking/biking after dark.
- Stick with your normal walking/biking route or use only parent approved alternatives.
Pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death for children aged 5 to 19. Do not assume that older is wiser as teens account for half of those deaths. Spend some time walking with your kids around the neighborhood and set a good example for them to follow. Make sure they know the safest routes. Provide them with reflective clothing or reflective stickers for backpacks and book bags. Remind them to speak up and warn others if they notice another pedestrian in danger.
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The end of summer vacation is fast approaching and it is time to get ready for the kids to head back to school. However, preparing for the upcoming school year can be stressful for your whole family. The tips below will help you remain stress-free as your family gets ready for the new school year.
- Who’s riding the bus? – If your children will be taking the bus, visit their bus stop head of time and determine the best walking route to the bus stop as well as go over who will be walking them to bus stop and who will be there to meet them when they get off the bus in the afternoon. If you’ll be driving your kids to school, determine the best travel route before the first day of school. Additionally, if you’ll be heading to work after dropping your kids off, it would be a good idea to plan your entire route from home, to school, to work and back again.
- Backpacks and belongings. – Before school starts, designate a space in your home for the children to store backpacks, school IDs, jackets, etc., when they get home from school each day. If they place their belongings in the designated space, everything will be easy to find in the morning.
- Establish a routine. – Having a predictable routine works well for kids. They know what is expected of them and what will happen next. Establish a routine for everyone in your family from waking up, to eating breakfast, getting dressed and heading out the door. With a predictable morning schedule, your kids will remain stress-free. If that are stress-free, chances are you will be too.
- Make time for breakfast. – We know breakfast is good for us, so make time to eat something before you head out the door. Breakfast staves off hunger, provides energy and improves mood. If the kids are energetic and in a good mood, they’ll be ready to start their days. Make sure you eat breakfast as well.
- Shop strategically. – There is no need to run out and buy 5-10 new outfits for each child before school starts. Instead, determine what each child has outgrown and replace those items or fill in the gaps with clothing each child will need. This will prevent overbuying and keep your budget in check. Additionally, only purchase school supplies on the list that is provided by the teacher/school. There is no sense in spending money on unnecessary supplies.
- Get sleep. – You cannot expect your children to stay focused at school (or you at work) without proper sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Establish bedtimes for each child and stick to them. With proper sleep, your entire family will be well rested and ready for the next day.