With the new school year approaching fast, Chicago area drivers will soon be sharing the road with school buses and young pedestrians again. Stay safe and help keep our community’s kids out of harm’s way with these 4 essential safe back to school driving tips from Continental Mitsubishi!
The speed limit is reduced in school zones for a reason – obey those posted 25 MPH signs when you’re near an area where children are walking to school. This is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to avoid accidents this fall. Give yourself plenty of time to stop at crosswalks, too.
Stay Alert During Drop-Off And Pick-Up Times
It’s always important to avoid distracted driving, but it’s especially important while dropping off and picking up your kid at school. Even if you’re running late, don’t give in to the temptation to text and drive. Drive defensively in these crowded areas – other parents might be distracted while driving too. Also, never double-park while you’re dropping off your kid, because this will make it harder for other drivers to watch for pedestrians crossing the road.
Share The Road With School Buses
Never try to pass a school bus when it’s stopped. Always wait for the lights to stop flashing before you go. Leave yourself plenty of stopping distance when you’re driving behind a school bus, and let them have the right of way when they’re merging back into traffic.
Watch Carefully For Bikes
Always double-check your blind spots for bikes when you’re near a school. A blind spot monitor comes in handy, but it’s not foolproof – check your blind spots with your own eyes. Also, be careful when opening your car door in places with bike lanes next to the curb.