August is the time to fit in last-minute vacations, get excited about football season, and prepare for school to start. Here are a few safety tips to follow as you jump back into the world of sack lunches, class bells, and homework assignments.
School Zones are for Kids
- Look for school zones and go the speed limit.
- Obey school crossing guards.
- No matter which direction you are driving, stop for school buses and be very cautious of children.
- In a school zone, do not pass other vehicles, change lanes, or make U-turns.
- Always keep an eye out for children, especially near schools.
- Use a hands-free device if you need to make any calls.
- Do not text and drive.
- Unless licensed, do not use handicap spaces or lanes.
Walking to School
- Look both ways before you cross the street and only use marked crosswalks.
- Obey traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
- Demonstrate proper safety awareness and select the safest route between your home and the school.
- Teach your children to:
- always walk to school with a sibling or friend.
- never accept a ride from someone else, even if they know them, without your permission.
- report the incident to you or a teacher immediately if another person asks them to get into a vehicle.
- Teen driving statistics are astounding!
- “Before high school graduation, 50% of all teens will be involved in a car crash.” – NSC.org
- “Car accidents are the top cause of death for teenagers in the United States.” – NSC.org
- Teach your teens the rules of driving. Use the resources below:
Being proactive about these tips will lead to a safer back-to-school season.
-From your friends at Paul Davis
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