Utica, NY (WIBX) - The school year is almost over, and soon children will be spending their summer days playing outside.

In preparation for the season, AAA is urging drivers to watch the road more carefully than usual to avoid accidents with children.

Ed Welsh, General Manager of AAA New York's Central Region, says motorists can prevent accidents by maintaining a 20 to 30 second visual lead while driving, being careful near ice cream trucks and watching for children in all areas, not just near playgrounds.

Welsh suggests parents teach their kids to not run into the street without looking and to always wear their helmet when riding a bike or roller skating.

According to AAA, nearly one fourth of children who die in motor vehicle crashes are pedestrians.