We're approaching that time again when we are starting to see the big yellow school bus roam around the city during rush hour traffic. It would be best if you took extra precautions to account for the congested road traffic and other dangers as children return to school. Drivers need to understand and practice safe driving habits when entering school zones to prevent accidents. Here are our four essential tips on how to handle driving near schools and buses:
Reduce Your Speed for School Zones
School zones are designated zones near schools and playgrounds and are often indicated by neon yellow road signs. The traffic signs are usually displayed as two pedestrian characters or a reduced speed limit sign. These areas are squared off for the safety of children, and you should always remain alert when driving through the area.
Be Prepared for Congested Traffic
Children walk, and buses and parents drop off and pick up children every M-F during the school year. To work that around your plans, you should schedule at least an extra 10 minutes each day when driving through a school area. Furthermore, consider planning out extra time during the first couple of weeks of school since things are more chaotic as people adjust to the new routine.
Watch Out for Pedestrians
Schools are high-trafficked areas, so you will likely find yourself in the middle of pedestrian traffic. When you see a crosswalk sign from a distance, you should always decelerate even if you do not see anyone crossing the street. This is an excellent practice to get used to so that you anticipate walkers. If there is traffic, make sure you do not block crosswalks. Most school zones have blinking lights that signal approaching drivers that pedestrians are present, and you should remain conscious as you come towards crosswalks in a school zone.
Always Stop for School Buses
In all 50 states, it is prohibited to pass a stopped school bus that has a stop sign extended from its body. The warning indicates that children are getting on or off the bus. Unfortunately, most bus-related accidents occur because cars do not follow this law.
Following these new traffic patterns will keep you and your community safe! If you require auto maintenance or repairs before the back-to-school season commences, please call or visit Pro Auto Care!