On the 19th, Honda produced a road safety tote bag for children, “Mamata Tote on the shoulder” and held a presentation ceremony and a road safety class at a nursery school in Tokyo.
Reflective material is a strong ally that prevents accidents after the evening
Compared to midsummer, which was bright until around 19:00, it was much faster to set sun. In my area, a voice and chime broadcast “Let’s go home” is played at 17:30 for children playing in parks, but it is already dim at that time. A traffic accident while walking will increase in the time when dusk is getting much earlier. Looking at the data on the number of casualties by age, it is stunned that there are many children aged 7 years. The most common time is October, with 68% of accidents occurring between 15:00 and 18:00, just after leaving school.
My nephew was just 7 years old this month, but he entered elementary school in April this year, and for the first time he went to school on foot without his parents. Spring was still tense, but my friends increased and I became used to school life. After the summer semester, the second semester started, and now I can walk on my way to and from school. Sometimes he suddenly starts running with friends and chats without looking around.
At that time, if a driver carelessly passes by. If you think so, you will tremble, but you can imagine that many unfortunate situations often overlap the background of the sudden increase in accidents for 7-year-old children. No matter how much attention parents and teachers have, it is difficult to completely correct the behavior of free-spirited children. Therefore, what is important is to increase the accident prevention effect with clothes and goods for “protecting yourself”.
According to data from the Cabinet Office, the distance that a driver can see a pedestrian with the headlight of the car facing down at night is about 38-50m for bright clothes such as white and yellow with reflective fabric. Black clothes such as black will be shortened to about 26-30m. Since the distance that a car with a speed of 60 km / h travels in about 1 second is about 17 m, the driver will notice that the pedestrian is delayed by 1 second, which increases the risk that people in dark clothes will lead to an accident Thing.
Therefore, a powerful helper is a reflector that glows when the car’s light hits it. Wearing this, it is said that it will be visible enough even for people in dark clothes to be confirmed by drivers about 60 to 130 meters away. In addition to the accident prevention effect of such reflectors, the focus was on the psychology that the driver slowed down when looking at the uniform of the sun shining in the dark, with this time Honda wants to protect children from traffic accidents , “Mamote Tote” started free distribution in accordance with the autumn national traffic safety movement.
Thoughts on Honda’s safety
When I went to Sakai Nursery School, where I wanted to see the actual thing as soon as possible, 20 children aged 4 to 6 gathered and the traffic safety class “Ayatorii Hiyoko” was held. From the various sounds lurking in the city, the children were overwhelmed by the quiz of identifying and applying “dangerous sounds”. We listened in a friendly atmosphere, such as how to see traffic lights and how to cross pedestrian crossings.
This “Ayatorii” started in 1995. Instructors from each region trained by Honda are held approximately 4,000 times a year for nurseries and kindergartens throughout the country, and approximately 273,000 children (2018) are taking this course. A news gathering was held at the nursery school. Every child looks fun. Finally, the children were delighted when everyone received a “Tote”. You can hear the voice of “Oma-san!”
According to the catchphrase of “Omari-san on the shoulder”, reflecting material is applied in the same design as the police officer’s uniform based on dark blue fabric, and there is a part that shines red like a stick, so it is quite realistic when seen in the dark. If I saw this while driving, I realized that it would slow down first. When I talk to a five-year-old girl, my mother is picking up at 18:30, and by that time it will be already dark. What do you put in this “Tote”? He answered cheerfully, “Change of clothes!”
With the slogan “Safety for Everyone”, Honda aims to create a society where all people who use the road can live with peace of mind. He said that he made a “tote” on his shoulders in the hope that it would help. In addition to accepting free distribution at Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama and distribution on special websites, donations will be made to some nurseries in Minato City.
As a mother of one child, this activity brings together the strong feeling of “I want to protect the lives of children” and at the same time, as a driver, “I do not want to be a perpetrator who takes the lives of future children” I feel that this is a meaningful activity to reach out. Honda also seems to have a little humor in that each child has a “My Oma-san”. Until now, my daughter had been holding bags and hats with keyring reflectors, but from now on, I would like to use “Mamote Tote” as a lesson from the evening and keep it firmly protected.