Walking is a great way to get up and move. We should encourage our kids to be more active and walking to and from school is one way to accomplish this. The sad reality is about 4 children are struck and killed by cars every day while simply walking to school. Preventing these tragic deaths should be on everyone’s mind.
Reviewing safe walking practices is not only important for our kids but can benefit our own awareness as we drive and encounter pedestrians. It is definitely a 2-way street.
Katrina Jensen, Registered Nurse with Intermountain Moms breaks down some tips for Safe Walking:
Use the crosswalks! Always look both ways before crossing.
If a crossing guard is present wait for them to give the go ahead to cross.
Cross at least 10 feet in front of a school bus.
Always make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of them.
If there are no sidewalks, walk facing oncoming traffic.
When walking at night or early morning wear reflective or light colored clothing. Use a headlamp/flashlight.
Never run across the street always walk.
Children under 10 years old should not cross alone.