It’s that time of year again- students and teachers are heading back to school! Whether you’re a parent dropping your children off, driving to school yourself or simply sharing the road on your morning commute, here are some helpful reminders when you’re on the road during this busy time.
Sharing the Road with Pedestrians
- Take extra caution in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
- Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
- In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
- Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
- Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
- Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way
Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
- When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist
- When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass
- Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
- Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods
- Check side mirrors before opening your door
Sharing the Road with Busses
- Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
- If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
- Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks
The most important thing to remember is to be patient when sharing the road during this busy time. Sacrificing safe driving to get to your destination faster is never worth it.
Safe driving tips courtesy of the National Safety Council.