Prevent Backovers – What Drivers Should Know

Most of us are often in a hurry, but before getting in a vehicle, all drivers, even those without children, should walk around their parked vehicles to check for children, or anything that could attract a child, such as a pet or toy. Sadly, thousands of children are killed or injured every year because a driver backing up didn’t see them.

In an effort to raise awareness about protecting kids in and around vehicles, CHOC Children’s teaches families about preventable injuries that occur in driveways and parking lots when drivers are unaware that children are near vehicles. Take a minute to check out these important safety tips:

  • Designate an adult to supervise and find a safe spot for children to wait when nearby vehicles are about to move and make sure the drivers can see them.
  • Limit play in the driveway. Work with your kids to pick up toys and sports equipment off the driveway.
  • Don’t allow children to play unattended in parking lots when cars are present.
  • Accompany little kids when they get in and out of a vehicle. Hold their hands while walking near moving vehicles, or in driveways, sidewalks and parking lots.
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times; even in the garage or driveway.
  • Trim landscaping around the driveway to ensure clear visibility.
  • Note that steep inclines and large SUVs, trucks and vans add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle.
  • Teach children that “parked” vehicles might move. Remind them that they may be able to see the vehicle, but the driver may not be able to see them.

For more safety tips, programs and services at CHOC, including a list of community education classes, visit http://www.choc.org/community/.

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