The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show is in town. For many families, this is a fun annual event — a way to experience, see and touch all of the latest makes and models of shiny new cars.
If you are headed to the Wisconsin Center this weekend, be sure to look for the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Mobile Unit. This is the first stop of the year for this interactive safety tour, which travels to various community events throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Kids can play a fun game called Keep Spriggy Safe to learn about staying safe in the home, around the home and on the go, and parents have the opportunity to pick up valuable injury prevention information.
A visit to the auto show is a perfect time to review passenger safety:
Be a good passenger
Just listening to someone talk results in brain deactivation, which means as a driver, you are less concentrated on the road. Teach your kids how to be good passengers, to sit still and avoid wild behavior.
Back seat/buckle up
Children should always wear a seatbelt and be in the proper seat based upon their age and weight. All children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat on every trip, no matter how short.
Every 24 seconds in the United States, there is a crash caused by distracted driving. Teen drivers need to understand the severity of distracted driving, whether it’s from socializing or cell phone use.
Model good behavior
The best way to teach your children the importance of passenger safety is to model it yourself. Always wear a seatbelt, keep your eyes on the road and leave your phone alone.
For more passenger safety information, visit the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy website. See you at the auto show this weekend!
– Amanda Stanke, community health project coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Kohl’s Cares® share the mission of keeping kids in our community safe, healthy and injury free. The Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program provides a trusted educational resource for safety in the home, outdoors and on the go. The more families know about safety and injury prevention, the healthier they can be.