Back to School Driving and Safety Guide
Now that school is in full swing around the country, as a responsible driver, you have to make sure that you know how to be prepared to deal with the influx of students, school buses, and general safety rules. The following guide will help you out:
Respect the School Bus
Being behind a big yellow school bus on the road is an exercise in patience, that's for sure, especially if you're in a rush or tired after a long day of work. But you need to make sure that you keep a healthy distance behind it, which means no tailgating, and to also make sure that you don't try to pass the bus on the road. When it stops, respect the big red stop sign that shows up, as there can be kids crossing the road on both sides.
Pay Attention to the School Speed Zones
Pretty much most schools have special speed limits that you have to follow when school is in session. Pay attention to the road signs by the school, as they'll state the times in which you'll have to drive at a certain lower speed limit. School Zones are enforced vigilantly by law enforcement, so you do not want to be called speeding in one.
Be Mindful of the Road Shoulders and Crosswalks
There are many school children and students in general walking or riding a bicycle to school in the morning or walking back from school in the afternoon. You should really make sure that you pay attention to the shoulders of the road and the crosswalks. If there's a yellow light right before the red light, don't try to speed up through it. Some of the young children may not be as mindful of the traffic signals as you are.
Follow the above tips, and you'll ensure the safety of both the school children and yourself!