Time for the kids to go back to school, which means there will be more traffic in school zones and children walking in our neighborhoods. Here are a few tips to help keep them safe.
When driving in a school zone, be aware that kids might pop into the street just about anywhere. Reducing your speed in these areas will give you a lot more time to be able to react if a child comes into the street.
Be patient at the crosswalks and give the crossing guards plenty of room to get the kids across the street safely. There’s simply no excuse for driving aggressively when kids are trying to cross the street.
Carpooling a bunch of kids to school can be mind numbing at times, especially when they are all fighting over what radio station to listen to. But here is a tip to keep the peace. Have the kids take turns with each kid getting a day to choose their own radio station of the day. If they don’t agree to that simple offer, just threaten to play your “Super Hits of The 70s” CD every day. They will agree to take turns real fast!
When you’re dropping kids off at school, it’s not a good idea to cut in front of everyone in line or park in front of the school and leave your car unattended. Not only are these actions annoying to everyone else, it’s unsafe for the kids when they’re trying to get into the school.
At some point your kids will take a big step and start driving to school (although we hope they don’t take that step in the third-grade). Here are a few tips for dealing with high school parking lots.
Of course teens should never talk or text on their phone while driving and that’s especially true in parking lots. Other students will be walking in the lots or pulling out of parking stalls and not paying attention can lead to a very serious accident.
Teens also need to be aware that some of the other drivers in the lot are inexperienced or distracted and might make some unexpected moves such as U-turns or driving in the wrong direction. You need to be alert and ready to react when you are driving through those parking lots.
All of this talk about driving and school reminds me that my generation never got rides to school. We walked uphill, both ways, in the snow. And winter was even worse! But times have changed, so make sure that you are patient and aware as you drive through school zones.