With back to school well underway, it’s important for both parents and children to remember some tips for driving in school zones safely. Each year, there are accidents involving children in school zones, playground zones, and offloading school buses that could easily be avoided.
Especially during this season, children are excited, distracted, and unpredictable. They aren’t familiar with many road rules and aren’t able to predict what you or your vehicle will do. People driving in school zones have to be extra vigilant to atone for this and ensure children are kept safe when entering and leaving schools.
For school zone safety, drivers should:
- Reduce speed in school zones – where there is school zone signage, reduce your speed accordingly at all times of the day. Students can be going to or from school, on lunch, at recess – in any of these situations, they could dart onto the road without warning.
- Stop for school buses – when the school bus extends its stop sign and puts on the flashing lights, traffic both ways must stop until the lights are turned off. Keep a safe distance behind school buses to ensure you have enough time to stop and children are able to cross the road safely.
- Obey crossing guards – When the crossing guard is in the road, you must stop and wait for all children, plus the guard, to clear the road before you go again. This even applies at an intersection if your light turns green.
- Avoid U-turns and 3-point turns – these types of traffic maneuvers can be difficult for children to understand and predict.
- Check outside and check mirrors before opening car doors.
- Drop children off on the same side of the road as the school, or where a crossing guard is available for them to cross safely.
Teaching Children Road Safety
It’s also important to teach children road safety and school zone safety to ensure they can do their best to keep themselves safe during this season. Distracted driving is a rampant problem, so children also need to watch out and obey some safety rules.
- Know a safe route to and from school using crosswalks, traffic lights, and crossing guards.
- Use crosswalks and traffic lights to cross the street. Never jaywalk.
- Wait for the walk signal at intersections. Never walk when the signal says ‘Don’t Walk’.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and while crossing the street to respond to changing traffic conditions
- Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you
- Don’t use electronic devices or read books while walking
- Wear bright colours when it’s night time or when it’s overcast so drivers can more easily see you
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