CHILDREN’S ROAD RULES
In order to secure the safety of children who ride in cars:
- Use child safety seats (car seats), booster seats, and other safety equipment properly.
- Wear a seatbelt at all times (adults, older kids, and teens).
- Learn and practice safe driving techniques.
Suppose you want your children to be safe in the car or on the bus; teach them how to do it. Most people use these vehicles daily; therefore, they should be aware of a few simple principles for safe driving. Regardless of who is driving or how long the trip is, your children should be aware of and adhere to these rules.
- Wearing a seatbelt when driving is essential. Before the car even begins to move, fasten your seatbelt and keep it on until the journey’s end.
- Seatbelts should be worn in their entirety at all times. The lap and shoulder belts in the majority of automobiles buckle together. There are, however, two different belts, one for the lap and one for the shoulder, depending on the model. Make sure your children know how to secure the belt properly. Encourage children to keep their belts out of their armpits, even if it seems more secure that way. This reduces the belt’s safety in the event of a collision.
- Don’t let anyone else use your seatbelt. Even if it seems fun, two children should never ride in the back of a car together in seat belts.
- Take a seat in the back. Rear-seat passengers who are under the age of 13 should be secured in safety belts at all times. This shields them from harm in the event of an airbag deployment on the passenger side. You should explain that airbags are intended to protect someone much more significant than a little child and that they could cause severe injury or death to a child in such a situation.
- Take it easy. Backseat passengers should know the value of remaining composed and non-aggressive. Suppose the passengers are yelling or bouncing around. In that case, the driver may become distracted, endangering the safety of everyone in the vehicle.
- The regulations of the road apply to any vehicles you operate. Even if other passengers don’t obey the rules, kids must respect the regulations if they are in a friend or relative’s car. Your child should respectfully decline the offer to sit in the driver’s seat if they are requested to do so by someone else. They should tell the driver that they prefer to ride in the back seat.
- Keep your distance from the road as you wait for the next bus. The best place for children to form a line is about 6 feet (2 meters) from the curb and should be directed away from the street.
- Hold on until you get the all-clear. The bus driver must open the door and signal to the children that it is safe to get aboard. At this point, it’s far too late for them to cross the street.
- A bus is a dangerous place, so be careful when boarding. This is especially crucial for older children who may be carrying bags or backpacks that could become entangled in a door or a seat.
- If at all possible, use a seatbelt. Seatbelts are standard equipment on some buses. They must be fastened before the bus departs and remain in place until the bus reaches its destination.
- Take it easy. Consistently reinforce to your children the need of keeping seated at all times on board the bus. The driver may be distracted, and other passengers may be put at risk if they try to run or climb around the bus.
- When you get off the bus, use caution. Taking a gradual and steady exit from the bus is essential for children. Upon exiting the bus, they must always walk in front of it.
- Keep a clear lead. At least 10 feet (approximately 3 meters) from the bus, kids should walk along the sidewalk adjacent to the bus and wait for the driver’s permission before crossing.
- Don’t just vanish into thin air. While crossing in front of a bus, a child who drops anything should not bend over to pick it up. The driver will not be able to see the child due to this. Make it a habit for children to report any lost property to the bus driver.