Summertime is here and everyone is itching to get in the car, roll down the window and go for a drive.
Although the season is short and we’re all in a hurry to soak up as much warm weather as we can, before you drive away, take a few seconds to check your car and driveway for kids.
• Walk all the way around your parked car to check for children.
• When checking for kids around your vehicle, see if anything that could attract a child such as a pet, bike or toy, is under or behind your vehicle before getting in and starting the engine.
• Designate an adult to supervise and find a safe spot for children to wait when nearby vehicles are about to move and make sure the drivers can see them.
Limit Play in the Driveway
• Work with your kids to pick up toys, bikes, chalk or any type of equipment around the driveway so that these items don’t entice kids to play.
• Identify and use safe play areas for children, away from parked or moving vehicles. Teach kids to play in these areas instead of in, around or behind a car. Consider making your driveway a toy-free zone.
• Don’t allow children to play unattended in parking lots when cars are present.
Lend a Hand to Younger Kids
• Accompany little kids when they get in and out of a vehicle. Hold their hands while walking near moving vehicles or in driveways and parking lots or on sidewalks.
We all want a summer to remember. These few tips could help ensure we all have good memories of the season.