Summer is winding down, turning many parents’ minds to the school year ahead. Along with getting new backpacks, school supplies, and clothes sorted for your children, you should also be thinking about how to best keep you — and those around you — safe during school pickup and dropoff. Here at Nissan Downtown, we’ve put together some back-to-school safe driving tips for you to keep in mind this year.
- Keep to the posted speed limit. School zones have specific speed limits for a reason — to keep everyone safe. These lower speed limits will give you enough time to react should a child dart out onto the road.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Driving distracted is unsafe no matter where you’re driving, but especially in a school zone. Children can run into the road without looking, so make sure you’re continually looking for pedestrians and other potential hazards.
- Remember the laws around school buses. If you see a school bus stopped with its red lights flashing or its stop sign out, then you need to stop. Keep your car stopped until the driver turns off the flashing lights and pulls the stop sign in. Then, cautiously move forward, looking for any potential stragglers.