Many students heading back to school will be either walking, riding a bike, or taking a school bus. During this time, it is highly important that drivers be aware of traffic laws for school zones.
AAA has put together 6 helpful ways drivers of all ages can keep kids safe:
1. Slow down: School zone speed limits are reduced for a reason.
2. Complete stops: More than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods.
3. Eliminate distractions: Children often cross the road unexpectedly and can emerge from between two parked cars. Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.
4. Reverse responsibility: Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on sidewalks, driveways, and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach children to never play in, under or around vehicles.
5. Talk to teens: Car crashes are the leading cause of death of U.S. teenagers.
More than one in four fatal teen crashes occur between 3 and 7 p.m.
6. Watch for bikes: Children on bicycles can be unsteady and unpredictable. Slow
down and allow at least 3 feet between your vehicle and the bike. Bike riders
should wear properly fitted helmets.
Have a safe and productive school year!
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