NHTSA’s Focus on Summer Safety for Kids

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about their summer-safety campaign for kids. Safe driving habits are a top priority for safe summer travels, and there are a variety of kid-related issues that motorists need to know about. Children around California and across the country are out of school for the summertime, and they’re spending a lot of time outside. Heatstroke is just one of the many potential dangers facing children and pets this season. The NHTSA has compiled a list of important considerations for parents, caregivers and other motorists this summer.

Important Considerations This Summer

• Heatstroke
• Pedestrian safety
• Bicycle safety
• Helmet Safety
• Driver Safety

Preventing Heat Stroke

Never leave a child or pet alone in the car. It only takes minutes for a car to heat up, and children and pets are especially susceptible to heatstroke. If you see a child alone in a car on a warm day, call 911 immediately. Children in distress need to be removed from hot vehicles as swiftly as possible and rapidly cooled. Finally, it’s important to teach children that cars are not playing areas. Make sure to lock car doors and keep keys out of reach of children.

Keeping Children Safe Around Cars

The hot weather does little to deter children from playing outdoors during summer break. It’s important to be extra vigilant while driving through neighborhoods where children could be playing. Parents need to talk to their children about pedestrian safety, and kids should also be taught not to play around or near parked cars. Additionally, it’s important to talk to your children about safe bicycle riding habits, and always make sure your child wears an appropriate helmet when children are on anything with wheels. This includes bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, roller skates and skateboards.

Driver Safety

Finally, practicing safe driving habits is the best way to keep children safe this summer. In addition to making sure young passengers are properly buckled up and secured, parents and caregivers need to buckle up too. Motorists are encouraged to walk around their vehicles before backing out of driveways and parking spots. Although doing a quick 30-second walk around seems tedious, it can prevent tragic and fatal back-over accidents. Keeping children safe this summer starts with conscientious drivers, parents, and caregivers.

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