At Gold Star Auto Body, we encourage all drivers to stay up to speed on driving safety. With school back in session, drivers should take extra precautions.
Extra care needs to be taken when dropping off kids at school, as well as driving near schools where children and increased traffic are present. School buses are also back on the road, and drivers must know when to stop for them so that students can get on and off safely. If you’re by a school, you’re likely sharing the road with more pedestrians and bicyclists.
Here are some basic tips to help you whether you’re dropping the kids off at school or simply driving past a school bus.
When dropping off children at school, avoid double-parking. It can create blind spots for you, other drivers, and pedestrians.
Always remain alert and slow down your speed in school speed zones. Aside from children, you’ll also encounter crossing guards helping them across streets by the school.
Know when to stop for a bus on certain types of roads.
On a two-lane road, vehicles going in both directions must stop.
On multiple-lane roads, again vehicles going in both directions must stop.
On a divided highway, vehicles behind the bus must stop. However, vehicles going in the opposite direction of the bus may proceed with caution.
We also ought to mention there are teens heading to schools in their cars. If you’re a parent of a teen, here are some safety driving tips.
If you keep these things in mind, you can share the roads safely with those heading back to school.