National Parachute Safe Kids Week wrapped up earlier this month (June 5-11), but it’s important to continue promoting safe and active transportation, especially as the school year comes to an end and summer vacation begins. This includes walking, cycling, skateboarding, scootering and other wheeled activities.
Parents can help guide their child’s activities by modelling safe behavior and practices on the road, and also being aware of their child’s skill level.
Whether it’s on their travels to and from school, the bus, or in their neighborhood, encourage your children to be leaders in road safety! Here are a few simple tips to promote road safety:
1. Always cross the street at corners. Use trafﬁc signals and crosswalks.
2. Walk on sidewalks or paths. No sidewalks? Walk facing trafﬁc as far away from vehicles as possible.
3. Phones down, heads up. Teach kids to put phones, headphones and other devices down when crossing the street.
4. When cycling, stay on the right side of the road. Always ride on the right side of the road in the same direction as trafﬁc to make you more visible to drivers.
5. Always wear the gear. Along with a helmet, wear wrist guards to help prevent broken bones, sprains and wrist and arm fracture. Bike helmets can be used for in-line skating and scootering, but skateboarding helmets should be used for skateboarding and longboarding.
6. Be seen. Make sure drivers can see you at all times. Wear brightly coloured clothing and reﬂective gear to help increase 360- degree visibility.
Check out the Parachute Canada website for more tips on how to help kids learn how to travel safely.
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