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5 Tips For Safe Driving Near Schools

There’s nothing more important than safe driving near schools. Accidents happen during the school run, but these tips can keep you safe.

Whether you are driving and dropping your children off at school, walk them and pass cars en route or see them onto the school bus each day, you will want to know that they are safe.

Roads get hugely busy around school start time as children arrive in time for registration, but you can do your bit to keep every safe and accident free.

The tips below from Erie Insurance should help you with safe driving near schools:

1. Allow Extra Time

This goes for anyone who travels during the beginning of the school day or end. There are more cars on the roads during these peak commute times.

It’s important to not only watch out for kids and children traveling on foot or by bike but keep an eye out for other motorists or school buses making sudden stops.

It’s always a good idea to allow a few extra minutes in the beginning of the school year to determine a new route or longer commute if necessary.

2. Pay Attention

As a parent or driver around schools, it’s important to avoid distractions in the car, such as cell phones or other electronic devices.

Your driving skills should be on point, too. Make full stops at stop signs and leave enough room for kids to cross the street.

It’s also a time to teach kids by example. Your attention to safety and caution while driving will resonate with them, especially teens, when they’re ready to get behind the wheel.

3. School Zones

Pay attention to school zones. Most often, schools have flashing lights with a posted speed limit sign during the morning drop off and afternoon dismissal.

However, pay close attention during off hours when the lights come on for sports, band practices or other school related events. Speeding fines are typically doubled in school zones.

4. Drop Off

If you’re a parent and regularly drop kids off at school or take turns in a carpool, it’s important to plan ahead and understand your school’s drop off and pick up procedures.

Some tips from the National Safety Council include not to double park as it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.

Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school and carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

5. School Buses

Take extra precaution when you’re behind, or approaching, a school bus. It’s important to leave enough space between you and the bus to give kids room to cross the street.

Many buses have retractable crossing “arms” that keep kids safely out in front of the bus when crossing the street and visible to other drivers.

And remember, it is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.