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, so it is very important that you are not lax about
enforcing these rules.
Help prevent an accident or injury by
following these suggestions:
Don't allow your child to play near the garage or driveway or
Make a habit of checking under and behind your car before
Closely supervise children while they are playing or riding
tricycles or bikes near the street. If possible, keep all 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
Show your child what behavior you expect, such as crossing streets appropriately at
lights and crosswalks.
Reinforce looking left, right, and left again before crossing the
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).
Collins CL, et al. (2007). Children plus all nonautomobile motorized vehicles (not just all-terrain vehicles) equals injuries. Pediatrics, 120(1):134–141.
Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Policy statement: Pedestrian safety. Pediatrics, 124(2): 802–812.
Gardner HG, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention (2007). Clinical report: Office-based counseling for unintentional injury prevention. Pediatrics, 119(1): 202–206.
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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