Friday, August 15, 2014

Heading Back to School? Remember to Drive Safe!

The summer is ending and it’s time for the kids to head back to school! It’s important to think safety first amongst all the excitement (especially when driving). Here are a few tips to keep you on your toes!

1. Be courteous around that big yellow bus: Driving a bus full of noisy excited children is already complicated enough, so don’t add to the bus driver’s stress! Yield when they are trying to merge, and make sure to keep your distance (they stop frequently). Also be sure to talk to your kids about walking in front of the bus when exiting or boarding!

2. Obey the school zone:
Most school zones have a speed limit around 15-25mph. Make sure you know what the speed limit is, and obey it. Always be sure to pay attention to the pedestrians, they are everywhere in the school zone, and they’re not always predictable. Finally, if you’re near a high school you’re bound to have some newly licensed teenagers cruising around, so stay alert!

3. Be a good pedestrian:
Drivers aren’t the only ones that need to think about safety! Pedestrians also need to be cautious. Drivers get pretty peeved when people jaywalk, cross at a red light, or text while walking. It’s not just annoying, it’s dangerous. Be sure to cross at corners/marked crosswalks and in clear view, never between parked cars.

Remember to be safe, and have a great school year!

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