Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school in Georgia. The anticipation of the new school year has kids and parents rushing around trying to get last minute school supplies and sports physicals completed. New clothes are being purchased and dental and doctor appointments are being crossed of the to-do list. Whether your child is walking to school, riding a bike or taking the school bus, it’s important to review and practice a few safety tips. Most of these tips from the National Safety Council are geared towards families with younger children, however it’s important to review them with older children as well. A parent, guardian or older sibling should always escort younger children when walking or riding a bike to school.
- Walking to School: Always stick to the sidewalk. If one isn’t available, walk facing traffic and keep children on the side away from the road. Teach children to look both ways when crossing the street and to never dart out in front of parked cars. Use crosswalks when available. Practice these safety tips with your children before and during the walk to and from school.
- Riding a Bike to School: Make sure your child’s bike is properly maintained (tire pressure, brakes, etc.) and he/she wears a proper fitting helmet. Teach them the rules of the road: ride on the right side of the road with traffic in a single file, come to a complete stop before crossing the street, and walk the bike across the street.
- Riding the School Bus: Although this is a safer option to travel to school, there are still some tips to review. Teach your child the proper way to get on and off the bus starting with standing three large steps from the curb. If they have to cross the street to get on the bus, see above tips for walking to school and crossing the road. The same tips apply to being dropped off and picked up in a vehicle.
Whether your child has started school or will be in the near future, it’s important to review these safety transportation tips to ensure safe travels! For more information regarding legal issues and your specific divorce situation, contact Gerstenberger Law at (770) 920-7722.
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