Here are some back-to-school driving safety tips:
Mornings can be crazy – lots of traffic at the school, children getting off school buses, children riding bikes, and parents trying to drop off children before they go to work.
According to the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old and they’re walking. This can happen when a driver goes around a stopped school bus illegally.
• Most schools have a specific drop-off procedure – make sure you know them.
• Don’t drop off or pick up children across the street from the school.
• Consider carpooling- it can reduce the number of vehicles at the school.
• When school zone flashers are on, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the intersection.
• Pay attention to the crossing guards.
• Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
• Never pass a school bus from behind on an undivided road – it is probably stopped to load or unload children.
• When stopping behind a school bus, stop back far enough to let children enter and exit the bus safely.
• Be alert – children can be unpredictable.
• Pay extra attention to children riding their bikes to school. They do not know about traffic conditions.
Drivers have a lot to pay attention to in school zones. When school starts, be cautious and be careful and remember – head up, phone down!
Por: Cinda Seamon
Fire & Life Safety Educator
Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue