Back to School Road Tips
It is that time of year again; back to school is just around the corner so cars will be sharing the road with children rushing to school.
Big school busses are picking up your children, bikes are being quickly ridden into school to make it before the bell and parents are rushing to drop of their children to get off to work. So now is just as important if not more important to be paying attention and slow down when driving around school zones.
So what should you be looking out for?
According to the National Safe Routes to School Program more kids are hit by cars near schools than anywhere else. Some useful tip:
- When dropping your children off or picking them up do not park on the opposite side of the road to the school, you are only increasing the likelihood of your child being hit by another driver.
- Carpooling is also recommended as it will decrease the number of cars around the school
- Always ensure your passengers are wearing seatbelts in case you need to make an emergency stop
- Definitely no texting and driving, your eyes should be on the road not down at your lap looking at a phone. The text can wait until you have stopped your vehicle.
The National Safety Council released data showing that bus related deaths involving children happen when the children are actually walking either to or from the bus. Encourage children to wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before stepping off the curb towards it. If a bus has stopped to drop of children do not pass it as a child may run out in front of it. Young kids often don’t even look at warning or hazard signs and can be very unpredictable so drive slowly and be aware around any school zones.
Drivers aren’t the only hazard for children, if you are cycling then here are some tips for you.
- Always, always wear a helmet, no matter how uncomfortable they are or unattractive, safety should always come first
- Travel in the same direction as the traffic keeping over to your side not in the middle of the road
- Give hand signals well in advanced of turning to allow drivers following to prepare to slow down and spot you
The start of the school year is when children and drivers are at most risk as it is a new start a routine for everybody so keep your eyes open and drive safely.