As we head back to school, it is important to remember some back-to-school driving tips so that both your student and other students remain safe. Here are three commonsense tips to help you drive safely from idrivesafely.com :
Tip One: Watch Out for Pedestrians
The beginning of a school year means more buses and bicycles on the road and more kids potentially walking to class, especially if you live in a residential area close to a school. According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, more children are hit by cars near school than at any other location . Keep an eye out for any kids on the sidewalk, buses stopped by the side of the road, or any other indications that kids are afoot — even the smartest tykes may dart in and out of busy streets and potentially endanger their lives.
Tip Two: Be Wary of New Drivers
A new school year brings a surge of newly-licensed teen drivers and fresh-faced, inexperienced college students with only a couple years of driving under their belt. According to the National Safety Council, teen crashes spike in September and happen more commonly in the mornings and afternoons, when school begins and ends.
Tip Three: Get Ready for More Traffic — Everywhere
While we normally associate the beginning of the school year with more traffic around schools, it’s also important to highlight the surge of traffic on freeways and roads as well. In September, commute times on freeways typically increase due to numerous factors, including commuter students heading to college and parents dropping off their children at schools at the same time of the day.
Being careful while driving during this back-to-school system is critical to keep our children safe. Take some extra time and put your drivers education to good use. DriversEd.com’s courses provide a great education to help you and your student drive safely. For example, here is some excellent information from DriversEd.com on how to drive around school buses. Drive safely!
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