Here is a startling fact: Teenagers are at greatest risk when it comes to pedestrian-related death, with a death rate twice that of younger children.
How can this be? From the moment our children start to walk, we teach them the rules of how to cross a road. We hold their hands, tell them to look left, right and left again, and cross only when there are no cars coming. As they get older and get more freedom, we assume they’ll use everything we taught them to stay safe.
The cause is distraction! More teens are distracted while walking by cellphones, headphones and other devices than ever before. While they may know the rules of the road, they aren’t always focused on them and often don’t hear what’s going on around them. They are often unaware if a vehicle is approaching.
So while we don’t hesitate to teach our younger kids how to cross the street, it’s time we take a moment to remind our teens of a few safety rules:
With an average of 44 kids getting hit while walking every day in the U.S., it’s time for action. Check out this fun interactive infographic that guides walkers through seven common ways kids get hit by cars, and seven ways to avoid it. Parents and kids alike give it great reviews. Not only do they think it’s fun to experience the action, they can usually relate to it. Try it out and see if you make any of the common mistakes when you cross the street.