Now that school is back in session, we should all refresh or memories on how to safely navigate school traffic, especially parents and teens. Follow these back-to-school driving tips and make this school year a safe and stress-free one.
Leave early. If you’re a teen driver, you’re the most likely to be in a rush to get to school if you’re worried about being late. This leads to more reckless driving and breaking the speed limit, so combat this by leaving home at least ten minutes early.
Stay distraction-free. Early mornings are also the most important time to avoid driving distractions like texting, since you’re already tired and the roads are busy. You’re more likely to hit young pedestrians on the way to school than any other time.
Remember procedures. Parents, if you’re dropping your kids off, follow drop-off procedures and make sure you’re up-to-date on the right locations and policies. Don’t double park or drop your kids off across the road—stay in a single file line and pull up to the school. Your kids have a much lower risk of getting hit this way. Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars in the line and make it move faster!
Keep your eyes open. Be cautious of bicyclists and pedestrians, and always stop well behind buses when they’re picking up or dropping off children. Pay attention to your surroundings and keep your eyes on the road!
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