Small children are at risk from moving vehicles in low speed 'off road' locations such as driveways, yards and car parks. While driveway fencing and improvements to vehicle design may be helpful, supervision of children is critical whenever a vehicle is to be moved - hold their hands or hold them close to keep them safe.
Tragically one child, often a toddler, is run over in the driveway of their home every week in Australia.
Studies have tested the rear vision of a number of popular cars and results show that there is a large “blind zone” behind most cars.
What can you do to keep your child safer?
- Always supervise any children whenever a vehicle is to be moved - hold their hands or hold them close to keep them safe.
- If you’re the only adult around and need to move a vehicle, even just a small distance, put children securely in the vehicle with you while you move it.
- Encourage children to play in safer areas away from the driveway and cars - the driveway is like a small road and should not be used as a play area.
- Limit a child’s access to the driveway – for example use security doors, fencing or gates
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has released a brochure on keeping kids safe in the driveway titled Driveway Safety – Are your kids at risk? Please click here to download brochure.
Copies of the brochure can be ordered by clicking here.
Kidsafe have produced a Driveway Poster Don’t go if you don’t know.
If you would like a copy please contact the.
The BITRE report Child pedestrian safety: "driveway deaths" and 'low-speed vehicle runovers', Australia 2001-10, was released by the Hon Catherine King MP at the National Road Safety Forum on 24 August 2012. The report is available form the BITRE website.
NRMA Insurance has a Reversing Visibility Index which shows drivers how far they can see when reversing.
For more information about Driveway Safety visit the following websites:
- Child Restraints
- Driveway Safety
- Pedestrian Safety
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- Kids Unattended in Cars
- Safety House and Playground
- About Us
- The Team
- Kidsafe NSW Council
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- Growing Kids Active Kids