According to an article in the December issue of Parents magazine, each year 51,000 child pedestrians are injured. Kids are especially vulnerable because they move quickly and impulsively and they aren't good at judging an oncoming car's speed or distance, interpreting road signs, or spotting vehicles in their peripheral vision, says a new report from American Academy of Pediatrics. One study found that a third of parents allow their kindergartners to cross the street alone. Below are traffic-safety tips to keep in mind:
1. Cross the streets with kids under 10. (except in limited situations such as watching him cross a residential street). Use your judgment with older kids.
2. Be a stickler for traffic rules.
3. Work with your child's school to start a program that escorts kids.
4. Prevent back-overs by walking all the way around your car to check for children before getting in.
5. Don't let kids play in an alley, a driveway, or an unfenced front yard.
6. Talk to your city council about speed bumps or speed-limit signs.