August, the time of year to squeeze in last minute vacations, get excited about football season, and prepare for back-to-school. Whether you’re buying school supplies for a little one, prepping your teen for high school, or improving your own education, remember these few safety tips to help make this month a smooth dive back into the school year.
School Zones are for Kids
- Be aware of school zones and go the speed limit.
- Stop for school busses on both sides of the road and be cautious of children.
- Obey school crossing guards.
- Watch out for children, especially near schools.
- 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
- Always look both ways before crossing the street.
- Only cross streets at designated crosswalks.
- Obey traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.
- Demonstrate traffic safety awareness and pick the safest route between your home and the school. Practice walking it with your children.
- Teach your children to:
- walk to school with other students
- never get into a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission
- report the incident to you or a teacher immediately if another person asks you to get in a car
- Teen driving statistics are astounding!
- “Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school” *NSC.org
- “Car crashes are the number one cause of death for U.S. teens – killing more than homicide, suicide and disease combined” *NSC.org
- Help your teen stay safe by providing parental guidance about the rules of driving, watching out for other drivers and pedestrians, and learning the basics of a good driver.
- Check out these informative videos by the National Safety Council that all parents should watch to educate new drivers!
Staying informed, educated and aware of these safety tips will help you and your children stay protected during the busy back-to-school season.
-From your friends at Paul Davis
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