Tips for Kids and Teensto Prevent Crashes

How to Walk Responsibly on or Near Streets

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

Younger children should always be accompanied by a trusted guardian.

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

Walk against the flow of traffic on sidewalks or as far left as possible.

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

Wear reflective or visible clothing.

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

Pay great attention to surroundings, including parked cars, bicyclists and other pedestrians.

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

Be alert to stationary cars that could suddenly start moving.

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

Do not use electronic devices or anything else that can be distracting.

Common Causes of pedestrian accidents

  • Speeding
  • Inattentive drivers
  • Inexperienced or new drivers
  • Improper pedestrian crossing procedures
  • Improper left turns
  • Distracted pedestrians

When Is It Safe to Cross the Street?

The catchphrase for safe road crossing is Stop, Look and Listen.
You should:

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

STOP at the edge of the road.

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

LOOK both ways to make sure a car isn’t coming. Look left, right and left again.

Tips for Kids and Teens to Prevent Crashes

LISTEN for the sound of oncoming vehicles, even if you can’t see them yet.

  • Safest place to cross the street is through a crosswalk with a pedestrian crossing signal
  • If there is no pedestrian crossing light, obey the car’s traffic light.
  • Never enter the crosswalk on a yellow light.
  • If there is no crosswalk, it is safest to cross mid-block if you are confident there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Follow the instructions of crossing guards in school zones.