One thing parents certainly do is worry about their children’s safety. While one would hope your children would be safe at home, this isn’t necessarily always the case. Accidents can and do happen. This is especially the case when a home is near a busy roadway. Your children coming into contact with oncoming traffic can be a nightmare indeed. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to protect against this threat. Below are three home improvement ideas that can help keep your kids safe when you live on a busy road.
Do you live on a busy road?
Following these tips might help keep your kids a little bit safer.
A Physical Barrier
One solution to stopping your children from unwittingly walking into oncoming traffic is to create a physical barrier that restricts them from reaching the roadway in question. There are many different choices in this regard. Consider your options. They all have different costs, maintenance requirements and aesthetic qualities.
You could, for one, build an actual wall. This is certainly the most expensive option. However, it is also the most effective. Walls keep people out, and they also keep people in. You could put up fencing. This will be less expensive, but still require an investment. Lastly, you could create a barrier through plants and shrubbery such as hedges. Kids may still want to explore beyond the plant life, and it will require significant work to maintain. However, it is a viable option.
U Shaped Driveway
Another option you should certainly consider is creating a U shaped driveway. For some reason, kids are often drawn to driveways as a place to play. When you’re near a busy roadway, this can be a recipe for disaster. Even if the kids don’t enter the roadway itself, they can still be hit by vehicles backing up into your driveway. They may not see your child until it’s too late. This will also protect your kids in the car. Getting in and out of a U shaped driveway keeps you and the children safe when approaching and leaving your property with lots of traffic.
A U shaped driveway, on the other hand, is harder to back up into. If a driver attempts to, they will have to be more careful since more maneuvering is required and they would be more likely to notice children playing. Consider hiring a residential paving company to install a U shaped driveway.
Play Areas in Your Backyard
Overall, the best choice may be to forbid your children from playing in the front yard entirely. While they could still disobey you, you can make the backyard a far more enticing choice for play with some home improvement projects. Consider giving them things to do in the backyard. Do this by building things like a swing set, sandbox, basketball court and more in your back yard.
Protecting your children is your number one priority. Your home isn’t necessarily safe. This is especially the case if you live by a busy roadway. Do everything you can to protect your children from nearby traffic.