- August 29, 2016
- By Admin
- In Helpful Tips
- Tags Back to School, Buses, Cyclists, Pedestrian Safety, Students
School’s back in session, and that means dealing with school traffic. There’s more to getting around than just congestion and low-speed limits: children don’t fully understand traffic conditions. This makes their behavior unpredictable and potentially dangerous. These tips will increase awareness and help keep kids safe when you’re driving around the neighborhood.
More children are hit by cars when they’re near schools than at any other location. To help reduce the risk, most schools have designed specific drop-off procedures, including different start times for different grades, “park and walk” locations for drop-off and even valets to help children out of vehicles. Familiarize yourself with the school’s procedures so you can drop off your kids safely and quickly. There are also a few other things you can do to ensure everyone’s safety:
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA), 29 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur in the fall, largely due to the influx of kids walking to and from school.
While buses are a frequent sight in big cities, they can take some getting used to when they start showing up in your neighborhood. Most children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old and are struck either by the bus or by cars illegally passing a stopped bus.
With young cyclists, any predictability goes out the window thanks to their lack of cycling education and the tendency for their focus to drift away from riding.
No matter what the situation is, the same problems surrounding normal driving, from distracted driving to breaking safety rules, can be even more dangerous around school zones. By exercising a little extra caution, everyone can get to where they’re going safe and sound.
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