A new school year is just around the corner. Soon it will be time to heed the traffic signs that apply on schooldays only. But that’s not the only adjustment you should make to your driving habits. Follow these back to school driving tips from Blackburn CDJR to keep streets safe for drivers and pedestrians alike this school year.
Making Room for Pedestrians
Thousands of kids walk to school every day, so as a driver it’s important to stay conscious of their presence on sidewalks and in crosswalks. Always drive slowly in school zones and be aware of your surroundings. Stop at crosswalks and look both ways, and be careful not to block crosswalks at stop signs or red lights.
Driving with Bicyclists
Many kids also like to ride their bikes to school, just as some adults take their bikes to work. You should practice good habits regarding bicyclists any time of year. Always use your turn signals so that bicyclists can predict your behavior, and always let the bicyclists have the right of way when making a turn at the intersection. When passing a bicyclist on the road, slow down and leave three or more feet between you and them.
Driving with School Buses
Always leave plenty of space between your vehicle and a school bus ahead of you. This will give you more time and space to stop when the bus pulls over to pick up or drop off a kid. Never pass a stopped bus, and always be aware of where the children are when boarding and departing.