A student essentially has one job – go to school and get good grades. But how can you make sure they get to their “workplace” safely? What are basic back to school safety tips to consider?
Mind school zone safety signs
The most vulnerable school children are aged 5 to 14 years old. They are found to be the most at-risk for pedestrian-related injuries and fatalities. As care-free children, they are often unaware of their surroundings until it’s too late. School zone signs are important to alert drivers of school zones and the presence of children in general. Some of these signs are:
- Crosswalk Signs
- School Bus Signs
- Drive Slowly Signs
- Yield Signs
Observe posted speed limits
Slow down when nearing school zones, playgrounds, and pedestrian crossings. Children might be out and about, crossing the street, walking or bicycling without looking carefully at the street. As the responsible adult, it’s your duty to look out for children who may be in danger of getting hit by your vehicle.
Avoid overtaking other vehicles near school zones
You might not see crossing children that are hidden from view by another vehicle and the children might not see your car. It’s especially dangerous to pass a school bus when the red signal lights are flashing. An alighting student might be crossing in your direction.
Stop and wait for loading and unloading school buses
Be patient when driving behind school buses. Stop your vehicle and wait for the children to pass whether alighting or boarding.
Follow the crossing guard’s instructions
Respect the crossing guard guiding the children crossing the street. Observe their STOP sign even if it contradicts the traffic light signals as the children would almost always trust the crossing guard to lead them to safety.
Teach children about traffic rules
There’s no better way to protect the children than to arm them with the right knowledge about traffic safety. The school and the parents should take the time to go over traffic safety dos and don’ts with the kids early on to make them aware of the hazards of the street so they can avoid accidents.
Let’s all make this year’s back to school days brighter with safer school zones for children and teens. Observe these simple back to school tips for the kids to enjoy their school year healthy and worry-free.
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