Back-to-School Driving Tips for Parents
The end of August signals the end of summer vacation, and as a result, kids and teens all across the country have to resign themselves to another year of school. School parking lots can be perilous places, however. From high schools crawling with inexperienced drivers who just got their license to elementary schools packed with parents trying to drop off their child and get to work on time, a lot of drivers could benefit from a few back-to-school driving tips.
Know the school’s drop-off policy: A lot of schools have designated areas to drop off and pick up children. Make sure you know the proper procedure so you don’t accidentally interrupt the flow of traffic or endanger your or anyone else’s child.
Be mindful of crosswalks: Don’t block crosswalks during red lights to force pedestrians to go around you, potentially putting them in the way of traffic.
Be mindful of people not using crosswalks: Even if pedestrians are jaywalking, that’s someone’s child. Be ready to yield even if you have the right of way.
Share the road with school buses: Stop at least 10 feet away from a stopped bus to allow kids enough space to walk safely.
These back-to-school driving tips don’t cover everything, but it’s a good place to start for drivers who want to make getting to and from school easier and safer for everyone involved.