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Safety Tips For All Kinds Of Kids Transport

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The “have a password” tip was a great one that circled around the internet for a while. If you didn’t get to see it the tip simply advised that you discuss a “safe word” or password with your child, so that if someone else ever needs to collect them from school one day you can give them this password and insist your child asks for it. If you are one of our Soccermom clients this may be a good idea even if you already have a long-standing driver, you never know when it may be useful.

Every situation is different and every family if different, mixed with younger kids and older kids, and all sorts of means of transport options that you may use. So here are a few additional useful tips that we have compiled for all sorts of transport:

Bus Transport

  1. When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid fooling around or other behaviour that can lead to carelessness or can accident
  2. Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before stepping onto the roadway
  3. At your stop, wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat. Then walk to the front door and exit, using the handrail
  4. Getting off the Bus: Make sure that the driver can see you
  5. Stay away from the bus’ rear wheels at all times

MyCiti or Rapid Bus Transport

  1. Wait back from the curb at the bus stop
  2. Once on the bus, don’t block doors or lean on them
  3. Hold on if you are standing while the bus is moving
  4. Understand city buses are not school buses-when passengers exit, city buses move away and other traffic does not stop
  5. Avoid standing or walking in zones where drivers cannot see you

Train Transport

(You never know when one of your family member may need to use the Gautrain, they may even need to do it alone).

  1. Do not sit on the platform edge
  2. Do not play on the platform
  3. Watch your step entering and exiting
  4. Hold onto something if you are standing
  5. Do not lean on doors

General public transport tips

  1. Look for an official badge or permit
  2. Take note of logos and colours
  3. Stay awake and alert at all times
  4. Keep close control over your bags and packages
  5. Know where you are going
  6. Know how to call for emergency help

Teach your child that no matter what form of transport they take ultimately they are responsible for themselves and getting to their destination. So stay alert and stay aware and you will yourself safely there!

Safe driving,

The Soccermom Team

 

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