Back to School Safe Driving
School days are back again, and with any new school year starting, there is bound to be congestion—from school buses, to parents dropping off children in front of the building to kids running in the parking lots. There is never a more important time for drivers to pay attention and slow down than when kids are present.
According to the National Safe Routes to School program, children are more likely to be hit by cars near schools than any other location. If you’re dropping your child off:
- Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children.
- Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
- Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles.
When you are driving:
- Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light (in some states, this is illegal and you can get a hefty fine!)
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
- In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the intersection.
- Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
- Never pass a bus from behind—or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road—if it is stopped to load or unload children.
Remember, children can be unpredictable and may not realize the risk they are taking when running through a parking lot. With extra caution, accidents can be reduced!