Summer vacation is almost over, which means parents and teen drivers in our area will be back in crowded school parking lots and drop-off lines every morning and afternoon. Here are some back-to-school driving tips from our team at Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet to stay safe this fall.
1. Go slow and be cautious
This should be obvious, but it’s still important to keep in mind. The slower you drive, the more time you have to stop if a child walking to school or on a bike appears in front of you suddenly.
2. Obey crosswalk rules
When you drive through a crosswalk, always listen to the crossing guard, obey flashing lights that tell you to yield to pedestrians, and stay completely out of the crosswalk until it’s clear. The front of your car shouldn’t be in the crosswalk, or you could force children walking to go around your car and into the street.
3. Drop off safely
You should always drop off your kids on the side of the road the school is on so that they don’t have to cross the street. Also, don’t double park in drop-off lines, as it blocks the sightline of other drivers and pedestrians.
4. Carpool if you can
Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars going to and from school, which makes it safer for everyone. Try to get a group of parents together who can take several kids one or two days a week. This has the added bonus of freeing up some of your mornings, too.