Child Safety: Driving Tips

To help protect everyone’s kids, follow these tips from AAA's School’s Open—Drive Carefully program.

FOR KIDS’ SAKE, DRIVE WISELY
The greatest threat to children’s health today is motor vehicle crashes—the leading cause of death among children 3 to 14, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One in five of the traffic fatalities in this age group is a pedestrian, and the dangers escalate when school is in session. To help protect everyone’s kids, follow these tips from our School’s Open—Drive Carefully program.

  • Slow down around schools and in residential areas, especially in the morning and afternoon.

  • Don’t double-park in a school zone or stop in crosswalks. Use approved drop-off and pickup areas only.

  • Don’t rush. Make lunches and organize backpacks the night before and leave yourself lots of time to get your children to school.
  • Obey school zone speed limit signs and come to a complete stop at all intersections.
  • Look for clues, such as AAA School Safety Patrols, bicycles, and playgrounds, that children might be in the area. Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs of children.

  • Stop for school buses that are loading or unloading.

  • Be extra cautious in bad weather. Drive with your headlights on so children can see you.
  • Drive distraction-free. Don’t use a cell phone, eat, apply makeup, or shave.

For advice on keeping children safe as they go to and from school, including tips on smart walking, carpooling, and starting a AAA school safety patrol, visit AAA.com/childsafety.

This article was first published in September 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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