Every change in season brings new hazards and challenges for Minnesota drivers.  The end of wintery road conditions makes way for the dangers created by the increase in traffic, including pedestrians, pets, children, and bikers.  No group is more at risk however, than children, who are often excited to again be playing outdoors, and who may not always appreciate the risks associated with their actions.  For example, it is not uncommon to see children chase balls or dart out into the street without so much as a glance in either direction.  If drivers are not paying complete attention to their surroundings and the road, such a scenario often results in an unspeakable tragedy.

By following these simple tips, drivers can help keep our children safe this spring and summer.

  • Eliminate distractions while driving.  Do not talk on your cell phone, send text messages/emails, or use your smartphone or GPS while operating your vehicle.  Eliminate any activities that will cause you to take your eyes off the road.

  • Pay extra attention at times when you know children may be around: before and after school, weekends, holidays, and summer vacation.

  • Slow down in areas where you know children are near or frequent.  If you are in a residential neighborhood, near a school, park or playground reduce your speed.  Children are like deer in that if you see one child, it is likely that others will be in the vicinity.

  • Watch for school busses and make sure to stop and give them plenty of space when loading and unloading children.

  • While backing out of your garage or driveway, know where your children are and walk around your vehicle before backing up slowly. If there are children near, exercise extreme caution because children are small enough to easily slip in to one of your blind spots.

Taking these simple actions can mean the difference between an accident and staying safe on the roads.   If you, or someone you know, has been injured by an inattentive driver, call Nelson Personal Injury today for a free consultation.