Back to School Safety Precautions

This month is the time to make any last-minute preparations before your kids head back to school. Here are some safety suggestions to follow as you jump back into the world of school buses, class bells, and homework assignments.

SCHOOL ZONES ARE FOR KIDS

  • Be aware of school zones and follow the speed limit.

  • No matter which way you are driving, stop for school buses and be cautious of children.

  • Follow the direction of crossing guards.

  • Look out for children, especially near schools and parks.

  • While in a school zone, do not pass other vehicles, change lanes, or make U-turns.

  • Do not text and drive.

  • If you must use a cell phone, only use hands-free devices.

  • Never use handicap spaces or lanes unless licensed.

WALKING TO SCHOOL

  • Look both ways before crossing the street.

  • Only cross streets at marked crosswalks.

  • Obey traffic signs, signals, and markings.

  • Pick the safest route between the school and your home and try walking it with your kids.

  • Teach your children to:

  1. walk to school with a sibling or friend.

  2. never accept a ride from someone else without your permission

  3. report any incidents to a teacher immediately

TEEN DRIVING

  • Teen driving statistics are astounding!

  • “Before graduating from high school, 50% of all teens will be involved in a car crash.” – NSC.org

  • “Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers in the United States.” – NSC.org

  • Teach your teens the rules of driving. Use the resources below:

    1. Tips for Parents

    2. Teen Driving

Being aware of these tips will lead to a safer back-to-school season.