School is starting soon, and families need to prepare not only in terms of academics, but also traffic safety. Early mornings and afternoons will see an increase of people on the roads and sidewalks, which can lead to more hazards.
Children are known for being impulsive and full of energy. They may act in ways adults do not anticipate. No matter their age and how they travel to school, it is important to teach them how to commute safely.
Whether a person walks, bikes, drives, or rides as a passenger, staying alert can prevent tragedies. If a person keeps an eye out for danger, they can avoid harm.
There are several ways someone can stay aware. When on or near the road, keep eyes open and on the movements of pedestrians and other cars. Getting enough sleep the night before helps keep the brain and reaction times sharp. Turning off electronics such as radio and cellphones will cut down on distractions.
A school bus’s flashing lights indicate children are boarding or disembarking. Drivers should stop at least 25 feet away from the bus during these times. This keeps cars out of blind spots and protects children.
If your child uses the school bus, instruct them on how to ride. On board, they need to fasten their seat belt and follow the directions of the adult monitors. They should wait until the bus comes to a full stop before rising from their seat.
Proper equipment is a must for cyclists. When buying a helmet for your child, look to see if it meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. When worn, the helmet needs to sit squarely on top of their head with a snug fitting chin strap. Educate your child on bicycle maintenance, including checking the brakes and tire air pressure.
Whenever possible, your child should travel when there is ample daylight for optimal visibility. If they must ride in low light conditions, make sure they wear bright colors and place reflective items on their bicycles. Coming to a full stop at intersections and using hand signals when appropriate will further reduce the chance of accidents.
Walking to School
For those who walk to school, instruct them to use the crosswalk when crossing the street. Make sure they understand the importance of traffic lights and signs. If you are unable to walk with your child to school, encourage them to travel with siblings or neighbor students to promote security in numbers.
Respect School Zone Rules
School zone speed limits instruct drivers to slow down, increasing a child’s likelihood of survival in case of car accident. Follow the listed speed limit even when school after school hours, as children may remain to play sports or engage in other extracurricular activities. Respect any and all directions from crossing guards to protect the well-being of children on foot.
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