With school just about to go back in session in New York, it’s more important than ever to stay safe while driving. These back-to-school driving safety tips could help prevent vehicle accidents.
Whenever you drive in a school zone, you must slow down. It’s common for children to be all around the area. Some of them may not yet know how to cross the street safely. Be extra cautious and aware of them. Driving slower can keep children safe and prevent an accident.
Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of car crashes and accident fatalities. It’s crucial to avoid looking at your cellphone or doing anything that could lead to distraction while you’re driving through a school zone. You can also get a fine if you’re caught using a hand-held device that leads to distracted driving in the zone.
Avoid blocking crosswalks
When stopping at a crosswalk, always make sure you stop before the crosswalk lines. Pedestrians need a safe spot to cross the street. Blocking a crosswalk could force people to have to go around your vehicle, which can be dangerous because it might put them in the path of oncoming traffic.
Be careful when behind a school bus
While driving in a school zone, you’ll likely see a school bus. You must obey the traffic laws pertaining to this situation. When the bus is stopped to load or unload children, stay behind at a safe distance of at least 10 feet and be alert to flashing lights on the school bus. Yellow flashing lights mean to use caution while red flashing lights mean you must stop. Never pass a bus while it’s stopped. This is not only against the law, but it’s also a major cause of children getting struck and killed.
Being patient and alert can prevent serious accidents from occurring when driving in a school zone.