It’s the time of year when children are getting ready to go back to school. While this is an exciting time, it can also be dangerous for kids if drivers aren’t being careful. CBS reports that in the past decade, about a third of young pedestrian deaths occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., which is around the time when children leave school. You can do your part by following the safety tips below to keep the children in your community safe.
Drive at a Safe Speed
It’s important to follow the speed limit signs that are posted in school zones. Even a reduction in speed of 10 mph can make the difference between a deadly and a survivable crash. Children may also run out into the road unexpectedly if they aren’t being watched, so remain vigilant anytime you’re near a school.
Be Careful When Reversing
It can be difficult to spot children while reversing sometimes due to how small they are. You should double-check blind spots and look around your car a few times before attempting to back up out of a parking space.
Watch For Children on Bikes or Skateboards
Many children and teens ride bicycles, skateboards, or scooters to and from school. Due to lack of experience, children may lack stability when riding bikes or skateboards and can fall over onto the road. If you see a child on a bike or skateboard, slow down and leave a bit of distance between your vehicle and the child.
Come to a Complete Stop
It’s been shown in various studies that around one third of drivers don’t come to a complete stop when they get to stop signs in neighborhoods or school zones. It’s important to always come to a complete stop and check crosswalks before continuing to drive.
Talk to your Children About Safety
As your children grow up and enter their teen years, it’s important to discuss road safety with them as they learn to drive. Statistics show that car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, so you should make sure that your teenagers know the rules of the road and always drive safely near schools.