Driveways can be a deadly playground
GROWING up with a mother who could generously be described as a worry wart and, somewhat less generously, a party pooper, I'd always envisioned being a much more relaxed parent in the future.
I specifically remember thinking that I'd let my kids ride their hoverboard to school, no doubt having just watched Back to the Future.
But as time goes by, I concede there was a method to Mum's madness of never letting us play in the front yard or even join the "Test match" cricket out on the street with the neighbours (it was a quiet street).
What was, understandably, never explained to me as a kid is that one of Mum's friends had the horrific experience of accidently running over her own child in the driveway of the family home.
And despite technological advancements in the preceding years, on average, one child a week in Australia is still hurt or seriously injured in the driveway of a home.
Tragically, the vehicle is most often driven by a parent or family member and almost always in low-speed and preventable situations.
For that reason, RACQ has produced a new video highlighting some simple steps parents can take to minimise the risk of a driveway incident, including:
1. Always supervise children and not leave them playing alone, especially around areas near parked or moving vehicles.
2. Wherever possible, ensure young children play in a safe area separated from the driveway.
3. Always thoroughly check around the vehicle before getting in.
4. Put your child in the car with you if you're home alone and need to move the car.
5. Install rear visibility cameras or sensors to assist in overcoming blind spots.
The RACQ TV episode 'Driveway Safety' can be viewed at youtube.com/RACQOfficial.