School Is in Session Driving Safety Tips

Children getting on the school bus.

When school is in session, driving safety tips are very important to follow in the school zone or wherever children may be standing or walking.

School Zones

School zones are areas marked off near all schools. These areas usually have slower speed limits, especially during school hours. Getting a traffic ticket in a school zone will probably result in a much larger fine. School zone safety laws prevent unnecessary accidents. When school is in session there are kids walking or riding bikes to school, crossing streets everywhere in every neighborhood. Follow these school is in session driving safety tips during school hours:

Seat Belts

School is in session driving safety tips begin before you pull your car out of the driveway. Make sure everyone is properly buckled up in their seatbelts.

Helmets

Children riding their bike to or from school should always wear bicycle helmets. A bicycle helmet can save a child's life or reduce injury tremendously.

Pay Attention

  • When you are in neighborhoods where there are a lot of children walking to school, be alert to children darting out into the street or riding their bicycles.
  • Be very careful when backing out of your driveway to look for children that may suddenly run across your driveway or are too small to see out of your rear view mirror.
  • Watch for signs that indicate school is in session.
  • Watch for crossing guards holding signs up indicating you need to stop and wait for all pedestrians to be out of the cross walk.

Watch for Buses Unloading Children

Watch for school buses that are loading or unloading children in front of houses or schools. When a bus pulls to the side of the road or even stops in the middle of the road, you must come to a complete stop. Do this when you see the stop sign flip outward on the driver's side of the bus. Sometimes children that leave the bus need to cross the street, the bus driver puts the sign out to warn you that a child may enter the street and you are not to pass the bus.

Slow Down

One of the most important school is in session driving safety tips is….slow down. Never speed in or near a school. Slow down in residential areas and anywhere there are children walking to school. Most school zones have reduced speeds during school hours. If you get a ticket for going faster than the reduced speed, the fine will most likely be double or triple the normal rate. If you see other drivers that are speeding in a school zone, particularly teenage drivers who go to that school, write down the make and model of the car and license plate. Call the school and report the offense. Often, the police will be called in to deal with the offender and a student driver will lose driving privileges to the school.

Dropping off Kids

Many schools have an area where parents pull up to the curb to drop their child off or pick them up. It is important to use the designated drop off area and follow all the rules of the school for this area. If you can't use the drop off area, you should get out of your car and walk your child safely to the sidewalk in front of the school. Do not let your child dart through the parking lot by themselves. The drop off zone may have rules for how long you can sit in your car. Do not park and leave your car in the drop off zone, this will cause a traffic back up or force parents to drive around your car which can cause serious accidents.

School Is in Session Driving Safety Tips

Other tips that are important when school is in session while driving:

  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel
  • Do not send text messages or use your cell phone
  • Do not put on make up
  • Make sure you leave early
  • Obey traffic laws
  • Do not run red lights
  • Never pass over solid lines in the road
  • Do not pass on the shoulder
  • Pedestrians do have the right of way
  • Do not cut in front of another driver when they are turning
  • Stay alert
School Is in Session Driving Safety Tips