With school back in session, there are probably a lot of things on your mind—school lunches, homework, extracurricular activities, and more. In the midst of all the back-to-school chaos, be sure you’re practicing safe habits on the road by reviewing these school driving tips from Graff Chevy.
If there’s one time when you should absolutely obey the speed limit, it’s in a school zone. These limits are set low for a reason: to give drivers plenty of time to react to pedestrians and to stay alert. Be on your best and most patient behavior in these areas. Never pass a vehicle when you’re in a school zone; stay off your phone; always stop at crosswalks.
Many children choose to ride their bikes to school, and some older kids may ride in the road with the flow of traffic. The law says that drivers must always leave at least three feet between their vehicle and a cyclist. Be attentive to cyclists on the road, and always give them the right of way at stop signs.
When school is in session, it’s a good idea to leave early and give yourself plenty of time for your morning commute. That way, you won’t feel rushed and tempted to break the rule of school buses. Never pass a stopped or slowing school bus. Always be aware of kids boarding and leaving the bus, and leave plenty of space between your car and the area around the school bus.
We wish you and your family a safe school year.