Driveway safety

We don’t think of young children as being at risk by vehicles in such a familiar and caring environment as their own home – but they can be! Sadly, many children, usually toddlers, are killed or injured in their own home driveway (PDF on external website) by vehicles driven by someone who loves them.

Young children’s behaviour can sometimes be unpredictable (PDF 166kb) so always expect the unexpected! A driveway is like a small road so it’s important to make access to it difficult for children. Other off-road areas are also risky for young children – car parks, unfenced yards, private roads and farms.

Small children can be impossible for drivers to see from inside a vehicle, especially if they are immediately behind – or in front of – it. Even if they are further away but bending down or sitting on a wheeled toy, they may still be invisible to the driver. All vehicles have blind spots and, particularly when reversing a vehicle, drivers can have difficulty seeing young children. The Kids and Traffic Driveway Safety Display Kit (PDF 240kb) highlights this difficulty. Check out the story behind (PDF 375kb) our Driveway Safety Display Kit.

To reduce the risk of driveway injury (PDF 144kb), a three-pronged approach is needed – close and active adult supervision, separating play areas from vehicle access, and technology. However, no technology can replace supervision. The Kids and Traffic message to keep young children safe in driveways is:

Hold their hands or hold them close to keep them safe.

You can also download these Driveway Safety Inserts in Chinese (PDF 798kb), Japanese (PDF 1.1Mb), Korean (PDF 808kb) or Spanish (PDF 949kb).