It’s Back to School Season
As a Defensive Driver you want to Remember:
“ Take In The Whole Picture “
What does this mean and how should a defensive driver respond?
Comply with laws regarding designated cross walks, school zones and school buses.
- School zone signage and requirements, as well as speed limits, are different for every state such as specific times of the day such as before, during lunch and after school, or only when the yellow warning lights are flashing.
- Many states have enacted laws that prohibit the use of a handheld cell phone and texting while driving in a School zone.
- Speed limits for roadways vary depending upon the state you live in and the area of the state in which you’re driving. However, when it comes to school zones, the law is relatively consistent from state to state. In most states, the speed limit for driving through a school zone is 15-25 miles per hour when school zone laws are in effect.
Check the sides and rear of your vehicle, using your mirrors and being aware of hazards inherent with school zones.
- The hazards are increased in elementary school zones because of younger children, who are easily distracted and may not be paying attention to vehicles while walking to and from school.
- Additionally, there is an increase in pedestrians, bicyclists, crossing guards and school buses in school zones.
- Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly from between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving.
Stay alert for School Buses.
- State laws usually require that drivers must stop for a stopped school bus that has its red signal lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road or at an intersection you are approaching (these laws may vary on the required action of a driver on a divided highway).
- You must remain stopped until the flashing red lights are no longer operating.
- Watch carefully for children near the school bus and crossing the roadway before proceeding. School zones, designated cross walks and school buses require your total attention and knowledge while driving. Good driving demands that you have the proper attitude and concentration on the driving task to prevent you from being distracted or lulled into a false sense of security.
Don’t just be “careful,” slow down, expect the unexpected, keep your eyes moving and be far sighted by looking at least a block ahead while in residential and school zones.
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