Summer is coming to an end, which means it’s time to get ready for school! We at MVP Insurance thought it would be great to help both parents and young drivers with safety tips for going back to school.
Whether you’re in junior high, high school, college, or even just a parent who takes your child to school, it’s always good to know what to expect when school parking lots are packed, roads are crowded, or there’s an increase in walking pedestrians. Safety first!
Caution when driving through these school zones is essential. Many children have to walk from buses or their homes, walk across the street and parking lot to get to their classes, which means there are many things to keep in mind.
- Slow down and drive very cautiously
- Be prepared for kids to appear in unexpected places
- Don’t text and drive
- Don’t block crosswalks
- Don’t load or unload children where there are no crosswalks
- Yield at flashers and stop for pedestrians
- Stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus
- Stop 10 feet away from a bus when their lights are flashing and the stop sign is out
- Take your time and pay attention
We know how it feels to be young and excited to have a driver’s license. It’s a wonderful feeling! However, too many accidents occur that involve young drivers. Some accidents are out of our control, but it’s good to take precautions to prevent hurting yourself or others when possible.
- Remove distractions—phones, overly active passengers, fiddling with the radio too much, etc.
- Follow speed limit signs and warning signs, school zones included
- Maintain distance from other vehicles
- Don’t drive under the influence
- Always wear your seatbelt
- Use turn signals correctly
- Don’t rush. Plan to leave early if you’re worried about being late.
- Although we already mentioned it, we’d like to stress the importance of not using your phone while driving. Seriously, don’t do it.
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians
Whether you’re a parent or a child, taking the proper safety precautions is necessary. Not only does it protect you, but it protects others around you. School reopening means busier streets and rushed pedestrians, so always be aware and prepared for your surroundings.