Accidents and unintentional injuries are the number one killer of children under the age of 15 – and accidents involving automobiles represent the largest number of these deaths. So far this summer in Canada there have been at least 5 toddlers who have been accidentally hit and killed. This can happen anywhere and should remind us all of the importance of performing a walk-around the vehicle prior to movement. Keep in mind children are out of school on summer break, so be sure to watch out for them. Remember to back into parking spaces where you can, so your first movement is forward with the greatest view, and check around your vehicle before driving away. Parents / caregivers can do their due diligence by making sure that children are kept a safe distance away from moving and parked vehicles.
Circle Checks: Prior to moving your vehicle from a parked position, complete a circle check by walking around your vehicle during your pre-trip inspection. Walking around your vehicle provides an opportunity to identify obstructions and hazards that are not visible from the driver’s seat. (See the attached pdf for a graphic of a circle check on a large truck.)
|Circle check reminder: Know before you go!.pdf|