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The current COVID-19 Pandemic is testing us, but it also offers potentials. Obeying the #stayhome guidelines, we spend much more time with our loved ones. We see a great opportunity to leverage this by preparing for the 'time after'.
Meaning, road safety will touch us much more again, just like it used to. We cannot forget, that road traffic fatalities are the UAE's #2 cause of death (#1 in terms of 'life-years-lost') and the #1 cause of death for children. Also, on global level road safety remains a key concern (ref. United Nations).
Hence, why we at YallaMotor collaborated with RoadSafetyUAE to encourage all parents, adults and older siblings to educate our children more than ever about road safety!
We have put together under our ongoing #YallaCARonaTips campaign these following road safety tips that you can share with your children to educate and prepare them for ‘time after’ Corona.
Tip 1: TEACH ‘EM TO USE THEIR CHILD RESTRAINT
It’s the LAW! But, 1/3 of UAE parents don’t own the proper child seat or booster cushion.
Tip 2: TEACH ‘EM TO USE THEIR CHILD CAR SEAT
It’s the law for 0-4 years old. Child car seats save lives for more than 70%.
Tip 3: TEACH ‘EM TO USE THEIR BOOSTER CUSHION
Children for up to 12 years to use booster cushions & seat belts.
Tip 4: TEACH ‘EM TO CROSS THE ROAD SAFELY
Cross only at signals or pedestrian crossings.
Tip 5: TEACH ‘EM SAFETY AROUND SCHOOLS
Safe & respectful manners are a must during drop-off & pick-up.
Tip 6: LEAD BY EXAMPLE!
We parents must become role models for safe behavior for our children.
Tip 7: TEACH ‘EM TO USE THEIR HELMETS
A must on bikes, scooters, skateboards, snake boards.
Tip 8: TEACH ‘EM SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
Kids must obey school bus drivers & attendants.
Tip 9: TEACH ‘EM NOT TO DISTRACT THE DRIVER
Children’s behavior can have a direct impact on safe driving.
Tip 10: TEACH ‘EM ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES
You parents are their heroes! Share what the road thought you.
Tip 11: TEACH ‘EM NOT TO SNEAK BETWEEN CARS
Children are short, motorists cannot see them between cars.
Tip 12: TEACH ‘EM NOT TO PLAY CLOSE TO THE STREET!
A safe distance to the streets is a must – also in residential areas.
Tip 13: TEACH ‘EM NEVER TO BE AROUND REVERSING CARS
Every year, children get killed by visitors or parents reversing their cars.
Tip 14: TEACH ‘EM TO BEHAVE SAFELY IN CARS OF OTHERS
‘Safety First’ also in cars of parents of their friends and in taxis.
Tip 15: TEACH ‘EM THAT THEY SEE THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY
Children and adults experience things differently: views, sounds, and reactions!
Tip 16: TEACH ‘EM TO TEACH!
Educated kids turn into ambassadors to teach their siblings and friends.
For more information about the topic, RoadSafetyUAE has updated the topic 'Kids Corner' on our on-line portal. We encourage all UAE parents to check it out and they will find lots of material to engage their children, like videos, magazines, games and more.
We also created #teachchildrenroadsafety and we started communicating on social media to invite parents to take advantage of this unique opportunity.