Back to School Driving Tips
As summer comes to an end, beach and vacation traffic of the weekends will inevitably be replaced by everyday school traffic. This means congestion at school drop-off and pick-up times, sharing the road with school buses, and keeping an eye out for child pedestrians and bicyclists. According to AAA, 13 percent of children either walk or bike to school. One out of every four child pedestrian fatalities occurs between the hours of three and seven p.m., when children are getting out of school. Drivers must be vigilant this time of year, and parents should take a moment to talk to children about road safety.
Back to school safety is a two-way street. Negligent drivers can cause serious injuries and be subject to legal liability. Likewise, pedestrians and bicyclists should do what they can to stay safe and have a successful school year.
- Slow down. You should always drive the speed limit in school zones. If you are running late to work, slowing down to 25 miles-per-hour might be frustrating, but remember the speed limit is low for a reason. Pedestrians struck by cars traveling over 35 mph are 66 percent more likely to suffer a fatal injury.
- Look for bikes. Children on bicycles do not have the judgment that comes with experience. When driving near a school, look on sidewalks and be cautious at all intersections. Expect the unexpected.
- Check your blind spots. Always be careful when backing out of your driveway. If you have children, teach them not to play around parked cars or in driveways.
- Put down the phone. Taking your eyes off the road for just one second could result in tragedy. If you have teen drivers at home, talk to them regularly about the dangers of texting and driving.
- Come to a full stop at every stop sign, every time. In areas where there are consecutive stop signs, drivers have a tendency to “slide” through each one without coming to a full stop at any of them. This is extremely dangerous, especially in areas where children are present.
- Follow carline procedure. Never double-park in a school zone when dropping off your child. This blocks visibility and can endanger children.
- Carpool if possible. Reducing the number of cars in the school area makes it safer for everyone in your community.
- Teach bike safety. If your child rides their bike to school, make sure that they stay on the same side as oncoming traffic. Teach them to use hand signals when they turn.
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