Parking Safety

A KnowTheFundamentals Article:

When parking your vehicle anywhere, but especially around schools in crowded urban areas, remember the fundamentals regarding safe habits.  Take the few moments to keep everyone around you in a safe circumstance.  Remember, it’s not just your safety that’s important, but also not creating situations that would cause another driver to swerve out of control and into others.

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What is an Accident?

A KnowTheFundamentals Article

What really happens when two people collide?  Was it truly unavoidable as in a ‘pure accident’, or was one party, perhaps both parties acting in a negligent manner?

Accidents typically happen when someone is doing something they shouldn’t do.  Perhaps it is both parties that are each doing something that they shouldn’t do.  But fundamentally when accidents occur it is because a series of circumstances have built up to a point where a collision is unavoidable.

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Video Demonstration of ped, bike and vehicle dangers.

This is a must watch for everyone, not just those who take safety seriously but those who think that they can just meander through the city with only their own concerns at the center. What is noted here is that when one takes a risk they are in fact putting other people at risk. It is obvious that by simply following the rules as everyone knows them, and taking the extra few seconds, that everyone can get to their destination safely and probably more efficiently.

3-Way Street from ronconcocacola on Vimeo.

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Should safety be taught in school?

In elementary school we are taught the basics of math, history, language, science, music and other things. Even safety is modestly addressed, but in my opinion not near enough to ensure that everyone is on the same page, and to reinforce what is right even if a child’s parents are teaching them the wrong things. After all what good is it to teach a child about all sorts of things if they then go out, run across a street and get killed?

There should be a required intensive safety course for every child every year based on the knowledge that a particular age group, from pre-K to 9th grade at a minimum, to give children the basics on how to take care of themselves and how to spot dangerous situations. The curriculum should be taught like any other subject, for one week a year and tested until each child knows everything they should know for that age. Every year the topics covered should be expanded to make them appropriate for the new age group.

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Our basic pedestrian safety QUIZ

Basic Pedestrian Safety Quiz (click to take)

Don’t be shy, it’s only 6 questions and very easy.

Always look for the most safe answer and you should get a perfect score. It’s purpose it to help you understand when you do take a risk, you’ll know you are and why.

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What’s so hard to understand?

It surprises me when I see a car parked on a sidewalk or pedestrians having a conversation in the street or bike lane. Why is it so hard for some people to understand that there are areas built specifically for their use and obviously for their safety?

It’s easy enough to sympathize with people getting caught up in the moment and understand how they can forget about those things, but there is also a selfish aspect to it centered around what I believe is a combination of entitlement, laziness and ‘a savings of time.’

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Who really teaches them?

Set the Example. It’s up to all adults to reinforce what is expected of children every day, so they may grow up to live happier, healthier lives. Setting the right example early will not only benefit children as they navigate life, but will filter the right attitudes when they’re ready to drive, hold jobs and find their significant other.

There is obviously a variety of parenting styles, but can society really ignore road safety like some parents do. Are we willing to admit that some parents just aren’t teaching their children how to stay alive, or perhaps they think their style of road usage is safe enough, or even out of their hands? One must consider, understanding the devastation involved when loosing a child, that it is time for a universal teaching method that can be taught to all children, to ensure they have the basic set of rules that will guide them safely into their future.

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Welcome to Know the Fundamentals.

Welcome to Know the Fundamentals.  This blog will devote itself to helping children understand the basics of life and how to stay safe.  It will cover all sorts of topics, but mostly those that are overlooked, and put this information into a format, such as images, that can be freely distributed in schools, by cities or groups.

By teaching our children the fundamentals about safety and consideration, we will give them the tools to have a happy, healthy and productive future.  It’s fundamental.

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Welcome to Know The Fundamentals blog. Our mission is to find avenues for adults to teach children the fundamentals of safety, so they may have a lifetime free of tragic events. By instilling safe attitudes at a younger age, when they begin to drive, have families, or just live, they can pass on their knowledge through their example.

As an adult city dweller, you know that you have to keep alert to navigate the city safely. With years of experience on how to judge distance and speed, you're probably very good at it. Now imagine a child, who has little to no experience walking around our busy streets. Sounds dangerous, doesn't it? Take the time to teach them well, and if you're not a parent and don't have children, set a good example to those you see. Your example will probably save someone's life, at some point in their life.

Sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks, bicycles, vehicles, seniors, adults, parents and children, all interacting in real time. But children do not know the rules, so take the time to teach them well, and in the process enhance the quality of your relationship by engaging them through open communication about all sorts of topics. Know, and teach, the fundamentals. The challenge is yours, and that of a healthy community.

Teach your children the basics of safety and life, to give them the foundation for a positive, healthy and safe future. You love them, right? They deserve it, correct?

By teaching your child the basics of safety, you'll find that they will interact with others in a more considerate way. This will in turn help them become successful adults. With children lies the opportunity to help them with their foundation of knowledge. If you wait too long, the consequences may be too much to bear.
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