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Child Safety: Streets and Motor Vehicles

Overview

It takes a lot of repetition to teach young children about the dangers of streets, cars, and other vehicles. Motor vehicles can cause severe injury and death. That's why it's so important that you be firm about enforcing these rules.

You can help prevent an accident or injury by following these safety tips.

  • Don't allow your child to play near the garage or driveway or around cars.
  • Make a habit of checking under and behind your car before you drive.
  • Closely supervise children while they are playing or riding tricycles or bikes near the street.

    If you can, keep all their activities in areas that are protected from the street and cars.

  • Don't let a child younger than age 10 play near or cross the street alone.
  • Show your child what behavior you expect.

    Teach your child to cross streets at lights and crosswalks.

  • Reinforce looking left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
  • Teach your child to walk facing traffic on the far left-hand side of the street, unless there is a sidewalk.
  • Don't let children younger than age 16 ride on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Credits

Current as of: September 20, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

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