At this time of year, it is important for drivers to be on the lookout, both for students walking or riding their bikes and for school buses letting children off on street corners and near their homes. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries involving cars and pedestrians can result in serious and potentially life-threatening harm. The following are important tips for drivers to be aware of, both now and throughout the coming school year.
Watch for Pedestrians
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), roughly 55 million children throughout the U.S. will be heading to back to school over the coming weeks. While watching out for pedestrians is important at any time of the year, it is particularly relevant as students and their parents get used to their new school schedules. The AAA recommends all drivers take the following precautions:
- Reduce your speed, and keep an eye out for speed limits in school zones that change at different times of day.
- Come to a complete stop at traffic lights and crosswalks, and make sure all students are clear of the road before proceeding.
- Keep your eyes on the road, and avoid distractions such as texting and using your cellphone.
- Be aware of your vehicles blind spots, and use extra care when reversing out of your driveway or from parking spaces.
- Be on the lookout for bicyclists, and give them plenty of room to avoid accidents and collisions.
Sharing the Road with School Buses
While many parents opt to drive their children to school these days, there are still a large number of children who rely on the school bus to get them to class safely. In Florida, as well as throughout the country, drivers are prohibited from passing a school bus which is stopped or unloading students, and doing so could get you a ticket, while putting the lives of the students at risk. The National Safety Council recommends the following tips for sharing the road with school buses:
- Come to a complete stop if a school bus has their lights flashing, or if it has a stop arm extended, even if you are in the opposing lane of traffic;
- Give school buses plenty of space when loading or unloading passengers, and keep an eye out for any children who may dart into traffic in an effort to not miss the bus;
- Watch for children standing on curbs waiting for bus stops, as the simplest distraction could cause them to step onto the road and into the path of oncoming vehicles.
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