Now that school is back in session, it’s time to be extra careful driving, especially in school zones. We’ve gotten used to quiet streets and sidewalks this last year or so, but it’s time to wake up our senses and get back into alert mode. Kids will be out and about walking to and from school and getting on and off buses. Here are some driving tips now that school is open.
Know the Bus Rules
Every time someone speeds past a stopped school bus, they risk causing a serious accident. There are certain rules in place when dealing with school buses on the road. They’re all designed to ensure kids can make it to their destination safely. Here are the main bus rules to remember:
- Stop your car no less than 25 feet from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing
- When traveling on a divided highway, you may pass a stopped bus in the opposite direction, but only while going 10 mph
- Disobeying school bus traffic laws can result in a fine of up to $250 and/or up to 15 days in jail
Watch Your Speed
It’s important to drive the speed limit, but not just to avoid speeding tickets. When school is back in session, more kids will be out walking to and from bus stops and schools. Some of the students may be new to the school, as well as the local traffic patterns. So that’s why it is important that you, as the driver, should be extra cautious. When approaching an intersection, residential area, or school zone – always reduce your speed. Even if you don’t see any kids around, it’s common for kids to run out suddenly.
Let’s all do our part to keep children safe as they travel to and from school!