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Driveway Dangers

 
This country seems to have more than its fair share of young children being hospitalised with serious injuries received from a vehicle driving in a private driveway. However driveway accidents are preventable. Read up on the danger signs and things you can do to help stop them happening.
This country seems to have more than its fair share of young children being hospitalised with serious injuries received from a vehicle driving in a private driveway. However driveway accidents are preventable.

Read up on the danger signs and things you can do to help stop them happening.
 

Key facts

  • Unfortunately it’s a sad fact that kids are more likely to be run over in the driveway by one of their own parents than anyone else.
  • Children at the most risk are aged between one and three years old.
  • Driveway accidents are more common in the summer months between December and February when children are more likely to be playing outside.
  • Most driveway accidents happen in the afternoon between 4.00pm and 7.00pm or in the morning between 10.00am and midday.
 

Spotting dangerous driveways

A driveway can be potentially dangerous when it is:

  • A driveway with no separate pedestrian access to the house
  • A long driveway
  • A driveway which is not separated from a play area by a fence or hedge
  • A driveway in a quiet road or cul-de-sac
  • A driveway leading to lots of parking
 

Safety checks

  • Count the kids before you start to drive and ensure that they are either belted in the car or out of harms way
  • Check blind spots
  • Don’t let kids use driveways as play areas
  • Ensure an adult is supervising toddlers and young children at all times
  • Ensure you have a safe fenced place for children to play
  • Ask visitors to park on the road
  • Keep cars locked

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For more information on driveway safety visit www.safekids.org.nz.
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