Keeping kids safe this summer

THORNHILL, ON, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - School is out for the summer and the break from the classroom and homework means more kids playing outdoors. With children out and about, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) is reminding drivers to be extra careful on the roads during the summer season.

"Kids are focused on having fun and not always aware of cars, so drivers need to keep an eye out for little ones playing near traffic," said Silvana Aceto, Media and Public Relations Specialist, CAA SCO.

CAA SCO's 5 tips for a kid-safe summer:

  • Check for kids behind your vehicle before backing up out of driveways.
  • Take extra time at stop signs and slow down near parks, playgrounds and residential areas where kids are usually playing.
  • Watch for kids darting out from behind parked cars into the street chasing a ball or pet.
  • Keep an eye out for skateboarders, inline skaters and scooters on sidewalks and streets.
  • Leave extra space on the road for kids riding their bikes.

Whether you're packing the car up for that long drive to the cottage or planning a month-long family road trip this summer, travelling with children doesn't have to be stressful.

CAA SCO's 5 family road trip tips:

  • If your children are old enough, let them help plan the trip. Give them a map so they can follow along and help avoid the question "Are we there yet?"
  • Bring along a portable DVD player and their favourite movies to keep them entertained. Don't forget to bring extra batteries or chargers.
  • Pack plenty of snacks. Bring healthy snack options along with your children's favourite snack for those tense moments.
  • Keep a change of clothes in the car in case of a spill you can easily replace wet clothes with dry ones without unpacking a suitcase.
  • Lastly, pack enough books, games and toys for each child to avoid any arguments.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Communications Specialist, jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641.


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