Summer is officially over as many of our local area schools are back in session. With increased traffic on the roads shuttling little ones with eager minds, it’s important that we all realize our increased responsibility as safe drivers to keep kids safe as they walk or ride their bicycles to and from school. From watching your speed to keeping track of your blind spots, these helpful tips will help everyone stay safe this back to school season.
- Watch for Child Pedestrians – Children of all ages tend to keep their focus on their friends, playing games, or buried in their smartphones on their way to and from school. All safe drivers must be aware of child pedestrians, watch them closely, and be prepared for unexpected dashes off of the sidewalk or across an intersection. By cautiously observing your surroundings in school zones and neighborhoods, drivers can avoid accidents.
- Never Block the Crosswalk – It is imperative that when approaching a stoplight or stop sign that drivers stop before their front bumper reaches the crosswalk line. When cars block the crosswalk, children and other pedestrians are forced to step out of the crosswalk and into the intersection to cross the street.
- Exercise Patience – Morning rush hour is already hectic, but this time of year there are even more drivers on the road in a hurry to get their children to school on time. To alleviate stress, leave home a few minutes earlier than normal to give yourself enough time on your commute. Never honk the horn, yell out the window, or rev the engine loudly in attempt to rush children to move quickly out of the road. Scaring a child may result in the child making an unpredictable move, which could put the child in danger.
- School Bus Safety – Under Florida law, every driver is required to stop when a school bus has its “Stop” sign extended and its red lights flashing. Not only can a driver who pulls around a bus be cited for the offense and face a costly ticket, but they can create a tragic accident because of one act of impatience. Additionally, it’s important to pay attention near bus stops because children often gather there before and after school to play and chat, and may dart into the road unexpectedly.
- Teach Your Children Traffic Safety – Children do not always have the maturity of adults to know what to do and what not, when walking on the roads. Without adult supervision and proper knowledge of road safety rules, children can put themselves at risk. Teach your children basic traffic safety like knowing road signals, paying attention, using the sidewalk instead of playing in the road.
Although practicing safe driving habits can greatly reduce driving dangers, accidents still happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision, please call Beltz & Beltz today at 727-201-9944 or 813-559-9090, and speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your case. The call is free.