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Always hold your child's when they're near cars. Together, you can learn about road safety. Modeling safe behavior around roads and cars is the best w

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Always hold your child’s when they’re near cars. Together, you can learn about road safety. Modeling safe behavior around roads and cars is the best way to help your child learn what they need to know. Stop, look, and listen before crossing roads, use pedestrian crossing, and always cross at the safest point, even if it means a longer trip. Don’t forget to dress them in bright colors so they’re more visible!

It’s also helpful to describe what you’re doing and why, each and everything time you do it. This will help the information stick with them! Don’t wait until they’re walking with you, either; model safe behavior and give clear explanations to children still to strollers too, so that they know what to do when they do start walking with you.

Once you’re walking together, ask questions about road safety. This will make sure the child is actively listening and paying attention.

For toddlers, driveways and yards are particularly risky. They often aren’t aware of what is and isn’t dangerous, and can get behind a car quickly without ever noticing what’s happening. This can be dangerous for older children as well, so always pay close attention! Until a child is at least 10, they should be supervised around all driveways, roads, carports, and cars.

To keep them safe, never leave a child alone near a car, even a parked one, always hold your child’s hand, even for a short trip, and consider fencing off your driveway.

You also need to be careful when entering and exiting your car. Always put your child in the car on the curbside, rear passenger door. This will teach your child to use the safest door. If you have a baby and a toddler, secure the toddler first, then focus on the baby.

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