Children learn by doing, so make a game out of these scenarios with your family by setting up a pretend road in your home or yard. Repetition is key to making these points second nature, so practicing over and over is a good thing!
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road facing traffic (on the LEFT) so that you can see any cars that are heading your direction.
- Cross the street only at intersections or marked crosswalks. Always stop, look, and listen.
- If there is a car parked where you are crossing, look to see if there is a driver in the car. Carefully walk to the edge of the car and then stop, look, and listen.
- While crossing, continue to look for cars. Always walk across the street. Do not run.
- When walking at night or even dusk, wear a reflective vest.
- Never run into the street to catch a ball or an animal.
- Before you cross a street where cars may be waiting, like at an intersection or crosswalk, look at the drivers. If the drivers are looking at you, then walk across quickly and DON’T STOP in the middle of street. Driver and pedestrian eye contact lets you know that the driver sees you.