Expert Advice for a Safe Trip Back to School
MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 -- Whether your kids walk to school, take the bus or ride in a carpool, teaching them some common-sense practices will make for a safer trip, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
Children who take a school bus should be reminded to wait for it to stop before approaching it. Tell them to walk where they can always see the bus driver; that means the driver can see them, too. They should look both ways before crossing the street, and respect all bus rules, including staying seated and listening to the driver.
If the bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, children should use them at all times.
Most children are ready to start walking to school between 9 and 11 years of age. Make sure their route has well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection. If a child is young or going to a new school, walk with them or have another adult do so until they know the route and can take it safely.
If your child needs to cross a street on the way to school, practice safe street crossing with them before the first day of class.
Try to find other neighborhood children with whom your child can walk. Or organize a "walking school bus," in which an adult accompanies a group of children on their walk to school.
It's a good idea for kids to wear bright-colored clothing or a vest/armband with reflectors to make them more visible to drivers.
If kids are biking to school, practice the route with them before the first day. Make sure they always wear a helmet, use appropriate hand signals and obey traffic lights and stop signs. Be sure they know the rules of the road, ride in the same direction as traffic, and use bike lanes if they are present.
They also should wear bright-colored clothing and reflective gear, especially after dark.
© 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
Posted: August 2018
Read this next
THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 2020 -- People who use common asthma controller medications are vulnerable to developing brittle bones and suffering fractures, a new study shows. The findings...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7, 2020 -- Off-road vehicles are meant for exactly that -- riding on rough terrain including mud, sand and uneven ground. A new study found that combining two...
FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2020 -- They are the closest relatives to humans, but gorillas have been spared one aging disease that people haven't: osteoporosis. The condition triggers...
More News Resources
- FDA Medwatch Drug Alerts
- Daily MedNews
- News for Health Professionals
- New Drug Approvals
- New Drug Applications
- Drug Shortages
- Clinical Trial Results
- Generic Drug Approvals
- Monthly Update Archive
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Whatever your topic of interest, subscribe to our newsletters to get the best of Drugs.com in your inbox.