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Driving is second nature to most adults, but you should never forget that your car can become a weapon if you’re not careful, particularly if children are nearby. The NHTSA reports that 23 percent of pedestrians injured in car crashes were under the age of 15. Additionally, at least 50 children are hit by reversing cars each week across the country. The majority of these accidents are the result of family members driving carelessly.

To avoid a tragedy, teach your children how to stay safe around the neighborhood and avoid the dangers of passing cars. At the same time, adults must drive defensively and always stay alert when behind the wheel.

At Home

Keep your driveway free of toys to prevent the risk of a child running out behind a moving car. Car keys and/or remote clickers should be stored out of reach of children, who might want to try driving like a grown up. Additionally, you should keep the car locked, even when parked at home. While mirrors are helpful tools, your full range of vision is better. Always turn your body and look around the perimeter of the car before backing up if you have children or live next door to them.

In the Neighborhood

Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult and their hands should be held when cars are passing by. When children are old enough to walk or bike to the park alone, teach them to stay on the sidewalks and look both ways before crossing a street at only a designated crosswalk. They should also learn to look for backing cars before crossing a driveway.

On the Road

Drive slowly in parking lots and neighborhoods to avoid hitting pedestrians, particularly children who may be running and/or not paying attention to nearby cars. Always yield to pedestrians until they’ve safely reached the sidewalk. Follow the lower speed limits during school zone hours and always come to full stop behind school buses as they load or unload children.

We care about your family’s safety. Call AccuRate Insurance Agency at 888-607-6499 for more information on St. Louis auto insurance.

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