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Back to school safety tips for drivers

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2022 | Uncategorized |

As the end of summer arrives, children will start going back to school, causing increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic, especially around school zones. As children walk, bike or ride to school, they experience greater danger from motor vehicles.

As a driver, there are several things you should do to prevent accidents and injuries this time of the year.

Watch for school zones

Look for school zone signs and flashers. These areas have lower speed requirements, and pedestrians typically have right of way, especially at crosswalks or intersections. Also, look for and obey school crossing guards or patrol officers with stop signs.

Stay vigilant as you search for children on sidewalks, in the streets, on playgrounds and in parks.

Adopt patient driving practices

Avoid passing vehicles that stop for pedestrian crossing. In addition, even if you have the right of way, do not harass pedestrians to get them moving faster.

Do not pass busses when their stop signs are out, and stay far enough away from the bus so the children can safely get on and off. Keep an eye on any children near a bus because they can move in an unexpected direction.

Respect bicyclists’ rights

Those riding bicycles have the same responsibilities and rights that you have in your car. Because your vehicle can scare cyclists, stay at least three feet from them. Always use your turn signals and let them have the right of way at intersections when you are turning. Look for cyclists entering and exiting the road via driveways or between vehicles parked on the street.

To prevent accidents and injuries during the back-to-school period, drive cautiously. Avoid these congested areas if you can. Eliminate distractions, such as your cell phone, and do your part to ensure safe roads for school-aged children.