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Ten tips for transporting children safely around cities

Diez consejos para una movilidad segura de los niños en las ciudades


On World Cities Day, it is a good time to point out that children form part of one of the most vulnerable groups for accidents on different types of city roads, both in terms of being pedestrians or passengers of private vehicles or on public transport.

Therefore, we want to bring you these 10 important tips for ensuring that children are transported safely around the city:

1.As a pedestrian, whether they are walking on their own or accompanied by an adult or older sibling, it is a crucial safety principal that they know the basic road signs and the importance of observing the rules of the road.

2.When they are going to school, it is important to show them the safest route, which is not necessarily the shortest one, and ensure that they are capable of taking the route before letting them go on their own.

3.It is vital to instill in them that they must walk on the sidewalk and as far from the roadside as possible. They should also be aware of garage entryways and the possibility of vehicles coming out of them, which means they must be paying attention to their surroundings as they are walking.

4.It is good to give children a sense of security and trust in themselves, which they need for going on their own to school when they will have to observe all the road safety rules. This should happen when they reach the right age, which is different for every child. We should be supportive and trust them, and know when they are truly ready.

5.We should make sure that the child knows our telephone number off by heart as well as basic emergency services numbers. They should know that we will never send anyone to pick them up without letting them know first, and that they should find a safe place to wait for us to pick them up.

6.They should understand that they cannot cross the street wherever they choose, or in between parked cars, or behind maneuvering vehicles, especially if they are reversing.

7.We should teach them in the car, from a young age that using a child restraint system is the best, safest and normal way of traveling.

8.We should be sure to adjust the restraint system properly in the car, as well as the harnesses or seat belt, where necessary. It is good for children to learn this at a young age, and to ensure that the child is sitting properly in the seat during the entire journey. Make sure they are not wearing bulky clothing or backpacks.

9.The child must always follow the adult's instructions on the bus, and sit properly in the seat, with the seat belt fastened. They should learn that they cannot stand up or walk around the bus during the journey.

10.Children should get on or off a bus safely. They should always alight from the pavement side and try to avoid having to cross the street at an unsafe point, and they should leave toys and other distractions for when they are safely within the school grounds.

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