Back-to-School Safety Isn’t Just About the Kids

September 10, 2018

Another school year is underway which means an increase in traffic on our nation’s roadways as pedestrians, bicyclists, and school buses are in abundance. It impacts all motorists so extra precautions are necessary when kids are present – especially before and after school. With this in mind, every driver should brush up on a few back to school driving tips.


  1. Obey speed limits and stop signs. Slow down at intersections and crosswalks and watch for small children.

  2. Avoid all distractions.

  3. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Running late tends to lead to poor driving decisions that compromise safety.

  4. Look between parked cars and stay alert for the unexpected, especially near schools and bus stops. Children can quickly dart out between parked cars or other objects.

  5. When turning at stops or lights, be cautious and look out for bicyclists and pedestrians.

  6. Stay alert for the danger of backovers and scan blind spots. Children may not easily visible in your rearview mirror.

  7. Use extra caution in school zones and residential areas.

  8. Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.

  9. Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.

  10. Increase your following distance when behind school buses. Remember that buses take more time to stop and are good visual barriers.

  11. Never pass other vehicles, change lanes, or make a U-turn while driving in a school zone.

  12. Pedestrians have the right-of-way; motorists must stop at crosswalks with pedestrians and allow them to completely cross both lanes.


Remember that safety on our roadways is everyone’s responsibility, even when schools aren’t in session.

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