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Walking to School Safely

Walking is a fun and healthy way to spend time with your children while teaching them skills that can serve them well throughout life. Follow these tips to make sure you and your children get to and from school without any problems.

  • Wear bright-colored clothes and carry flashlights or wear protective gear if it is dark or hard to see.
  • Look for traffic at every driveway and intersection. Be aware of drivers in parked cars that may be getting ready to move.
  • Obey all traffic signs, signals, and adult crossing guards.
  • Cross the street safely:
    • Stop at the curb or edge of the street.
    • Look left, right, left and behind you and in front of you for traffic.
    • Wait until no traffic is coming to begin crossing.
    • Keep looking for traffic until you have finished crossing.
    • Walk, don’t run across the street.

Choose the Safest Route to School

  • Select a walking route with the least amount of traffic and intersections.
  • Pick places where there are sidewalks or paths separated from traffic. If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk as far from traffic as possible and on the side of the street facing traffic.
  • Avoid crossing busy, high traffic streets.

Understand Your Childs’ Limitations

Children are not small adults. It will take time and practice for a child to develop the ability to deal with a lot of traffic.

Over time, children develop the ability to accurately judge the speed and distance of oncoming traffic.

Young children may think that a car is able to stop, when in fact, it is not. Also, children may think that if they can see a driver, the driver can see them. But, children are smaller and harder for drivers to see. Get down to a child’s height to experience their perspective and see what they see.






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