School Districts across Long Island will reopen this week. We will see increased road traffic and changes in traffic patterns. Here at the Schlitt Law Firm, we’re want to encourage all drivers to be more aware of the need for safe driving when schools open. We offer these Five Safe Driving Tips for Back to School:
1. Mind the School Bus: You know that the school bus will make more stops. The bus may stop in the middle of the street, so be prepared to stop. When the red lights are flashing, it is illegal to pass the bus. Be patient; don’t sit there waiting to hit the gas. School kids do not always follow the rules, so watch out for the unexpected around school busses. If you have school age children, here’s a link to some safety tips when riding the school bus.
2. Slow Down in School Speed Zones: The Nassau County Speed Camera issues aside, there’s a reason that school zones have lower speed limits. Schools have more cars entering and exiting the road and generate more foot traffic. Slow down. Watch out. Anticipate the unexpected. And follow the directions of school crossing guards.
3. Enforce Safe Driving Rules in Car Pools: If you take turns driving students to school or after-school activities, make sure they all buckle up, including the children in the back seat. If they are very young, make sure you have car seats or booster seats for all. You might want to check out Jiffy Lube’s Safety Tips for Car Poolers.
4. Check the Weather: With the coming of fall, the weather will change. We will have more unsettled weather and we all know that means days of rain and wind. Combine the weather with falling leaves and the roads become slick and more prone to sliding and skidding. Take it slow. Be prepared to brake. And make sure your brakes are in good shape.
5. Adjust for Shorter Days: With the coming of fall, the days grow shorter. The roads become more hazardous at dusk. Be more cautious especially around schools. The school day may have ended, but not the sports and after school activities. Watch out for increased traffic around the school and for children, who may be harder to see, crossing the road.
We hope you found this information helpful.