Tips for Back to School Safety

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Tips for Back to School Safety

[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size='18' font_color='' color='' av-medium-font-size='' av-small-font-size='' av-mini-font-size='' admin_preview_bg=''] For most cities across the country, August means back-to-school. Whether it’s grade school, high school or college – there is a certain element of fun (and dread) that comes with this time of year.

It’s important to remember one of the biggest parts of going back to school – traveling there. Here are some tips to help you be a safe driver when school is back in session.

School drop off and pick up:

  1. Learn school procedures. Most schools have a protocol for traffic flow. Learn it, follow it and keep everyone safe.
  2. Avoid double parking. It can obscure visibility for other vehicles and more importantly, children.
  3. Ride-sharing reduces the number of cars at the school and can be a lifesaver for the family schedule – and helps protect our Blue Planet®.
  4. Be courteous. Sometimes a grandparent or an aunt is filling in and doesn’t know the routine for school drop off and pick up – so it’s important to be friendly and kind.

School zones and crosswalks:

  1. Pedestrians get the right of way. Always stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection and never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
  2. Don’t block the crosswalk. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle – possibly putting them in the way of moving traffic.
  3. Take it slow. It’s important to slow down and use extra care and look out for children and other pedestrians in school zones, near playgrounds and parks and in residential areas.
  4. Respect the crossing guard. It’s not an easy job. Crazy kids and crabby drivers – so, always stop for crossing guards holding up a stop sign. Once the crosswalk is clear and the guard has returned to the side of the road, you may proceed with caution.

For additional information on back to school safety, visit the National Safety Council’s website.
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