With the month of August coming to a close, the first day of school is just right around the corner. This means that it will be more important than ever to pay special attention to the road when driving and to follow these safety tips:
- Be thoughtful of school buses. We all know how frustrating it is to get stuck behind a school bus in the traffic. But, it is important to be respectful of these vehicles as they are a) carrying precious cargo and b) the driver can’t always see you. When a bus is attempting to switch lanes or, to make a turn yield to them and give them plenty of room. Follow at a safe distance as they make frequent stops. And mind the lights when they flash. Never pass a school bus when yellow lights are flashing.
- When driving through school zones, follow the speed limit. School zones have special speed limits when in session because many kids walk to school. Watch for crossing guards and obey all traffic rules and regulations when you are on school campus.
- If you are walking your kids to school or, riding bikes be cautious and aware of your surroundings. While you have the right of way, it is important for you to follow all rules for pedestrians and bicyclists, as they are designed to keep everyone safe – including motorists.
- Keep your vehicle properly maintained. Make sure that windshield wipers and headlights are all working properly and are not broken or malfunctioning. This will give you the best possible line of sight when driving in the fall weather that quickly comes after the first day of school.
- Remember there are more cars on the road when school is in session. During the summertime the volume of traffic wanes a bit. But, once school is back in session there are more cars on the road and everyone is trying to get somewhere on time. Be cautious.
- There are young drivers on the road during the school season. A whole group of teenagers got their driver’s license over the summer and are now driving themselves to school Be aware of other drivers on the road.
Safe driving is important any day of the year. But, especially during the first week of back to school as everyone is trying to keep to a new schedule. Get your vehicle the proper maintenance and make sure that all tires, wipers, and lights are working properly.