WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Over 2,400 driveway accidents involving young children happen each year in the United States. In an effort to keep children safer, Indiana State Police is providing summer safety tips concerning driveways.
As children are outside enjoying the warm weather, playing in yards and driveways, it is important to understand outdoor safety in these areas to avoid a tragedy.
ISP said young children are short and they like to play. If they are in very close to your vehicle, you won’t be able to see them.
The Indiana State Police would like to offer the following tips to help avoid unnecessary tragedy.
1) Set the rules with your children. As with any safety issue (firearms in the house, swimming pools, stairways, household cleaners) no matter what their age, designate steadfast rules without options. Tell your children when they see a car approaching the driveway that they all have to meet up in the yard or when a car is moving in the driveway, “your feet are touching the grass!” Teach your children to watch for the white rear lights that illuminate when a car is in reverse.
2) Listen – Before entering your driveway, roll down your windows and turn your radio off. A radio playing too loud can make for a distraction and cause the driver not to hear a child coming to welcome you home. Cell phone usage can provide that same distraction. Being able to hear someone yell or scream to you could save a child’s life.
3) Count Heads – How many children are supposed to be in your driveway? Don’t neglect the possibility that other children may be playing in the area that you are not aware of.
4) Communicate – Stop your car before you completely roll in to back the car into its parking place. Talk to the children! “Is everybody on the grass?” “How many children are outside?” Tell them what you are about to do and not to move until you do it.
Don’t let your summer fun turn into tragedy. For additional information on summer travel safety tips, visit here.