Your children’s health and safety are of utmost concern to you. As they get older, they go off to school and play, and you cannot always be there to protect them. Naturally, you worry about them getting hurt. The best way to ease your worries and increase your children’s safety is to teach them to be cautious and safe pedestrians.
One of the biggest safety threats to children is moving vehicles. Teaching your children about pedestrian safety at a young age can help to decrease their risk of being involved in crashes as a pedestrian.
Elementary School Children at Greatest Risk
Elementary age children are at greatest risk for vehicle-pedestrian crashes because of their limited developmental skills. Children in this age group:
- Have a field of vision that is narrower than an adult’s
- Are less able to determine the direction of sounds
- Cannot accurately judge the speed or distance of moving vehicles
- Lack the ability to understand how much time and distance is needed for a vehicle to stop
- Overestimate their abilities
- Are easily distracted, tending to focus on one thing at a time, like a ball or a friend
- Are easily hidden by bushes, parked cars, and other objects
- Often imitate inappropriate behavior
What can you do to protect your child against injury or death resulting from a pedestrian accident? Here are some guidelines.