Keeping children safe near driveways
Most cars have blind spots on them, even with rear-view cameras and mirrors to help. This makes driveways and 'off-road' areas dangerous for children who are small and unable to judge speed and distances well.
In Randwick City Council we have about 7000 children aged 0-4 and it is important they are supervised at all times especially when they are near vehicles.
Did you know? According to Kidsafe's research, more than a third of pedestrians under six years killed in vehicle crashes, were killed 'off road' in yards, carparks and driveways.
The need for children to be supervised around cars and traffic
- Understanding driveways
- Understanding why a reversing car is dangerous
- Crossing roads safely
- Holding an adult's hand
What can I do to make my driveway safer?
It is very important to always supervise your children and encourage them to stay away from the driveway as it is not a safe play zone. You can also:
- Put up fencing
- Make sure to safely secure your child in the car or leave them with another trusted adult
- Always take care when moving the car
When crossing roads remember to hold their hands and teach them to check the before crossing.
Where can I get more information?
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has created a useful brochure on Driveway safety.
You can also visit the Kidsafe website for more resources and information on road safety.
Last Updated: 31 August 2022