BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVING TIPS
If you are driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. I t will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
* Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road if it is stopped to load or unload children.
* If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
* The area 10 feet around the school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
* Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones.
WALKING ON THE STREET
* Always walk with your head up.
* Look confident – look people in the eyes
* Keep away from doorways and not too close to the street
* Have your keys ready for a quick entrance to your house or car
* Stay away from alleys and shortcuts
* Make sure someone knows your schedule
* If possible walk with someone
* When approaching your vehicle check both under and inside before entering
(continued next week)