Back to School Means Busier Roads

Students of all ages are heading back to school, and it is more important than ever to slow down and pay attention on the road, particularly in the mornings and afternoons. According to the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they’re walking. They are either hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.

Here are several tips to improve safety while students, particularly the younger ones, are traveling to and from school.

  • Don’t block a crosswalk, forcing pedestrians to go around you.
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
  • If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist.
  • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass.
  • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this.

By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.

Tips courtesy of NSC[i]

[i] http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/back-to-school-safety-tips-for-drivers.aspxl