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Let’s Go. Safety Tips In School Zones August 2013. For. Sharing The Road With School Buses. The start of the school year brings with it heavier traffic and more people That route you easily navigated this summer will be more congested and take longer to run.

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Let s go

Let’s Go

Safety Tips In School Zones

August 2013

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Sharing the road with school buses

Sharing The Road With School Buses

  • The start of the school year brings with it heavier traffic and more people

  • That route you easily navigated this summer will be more congested and take longer to run

  • Professional drivers will want to be even more aware of their surroundings

  • Last year 475,000 school buses took to the roads


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Sharing The Road With School Buses

  • In school zones yield to buses and give them the right of way

  • When following a bus don’t take a chance with an unsafe pass

  • Be sure you can perform the pass safely in an authorized passing zone

  • Don’t force the bus driver into a sudden stop or cause him to swerve off the road

  • As drivers we must use common sense, be courteous and stay within the law

  • When you see a school bus think caution


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Sharing The Road With School Buses

  • All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children

  • Yellow flashing lights alert motorists that they are preparing to stop

  • Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals motorists that the bus is stopped

  • All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on a undivided roadway when students are entering or exiting a school bus

  • While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop


Sharing the road with child pedestrians

Sharing The Road With Child Pedestrians

  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit

  • Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences

  • Be alert. Children are unpredictable


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Sharing The Road With Child Pedestrians

  • Do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving.

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits

  • Be alert for school zones that have a reduced speed limit at designated times of the day


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Sharing The Road With Child Pedestrians

  • Keep an eye out for children walking in the street

  • Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops

  • When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry


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Sharing The Road With Child Pedestrians

  • All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially children

  • Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections

  • You as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians


Sharing the road safely with child bicyclists

Sharing The Road Safely With Child Bicyclists

  • Children riding bicycles create special problems because they are not capable of proper judgment in determining traffic conditions.

  • Watch for bicycle riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling, especially if the rider is a child.

  • Take extra precautions in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be riding.


Back to school tips for truck drivers

Back-To-School Tips For Truck Drivers

  • In addition to buses, others will be driving small children to and from school

  • College students and teenagers will be driving themselves to school

  • Secondary roads near neighborhoods and schools typically see the greatest traffic increases

  • Avoid metropolitan areas during rush hour


Additional safety tips

Additional Safety Tips

  • Maintain Your Vehicle Properly

    Many accidents are caused by vehicle malfunctions

  • Get Plenty of Rest to Stay Alert

    There are restrictions on the hours of service for a reason

  • Be Mindful of Blind Spots

    Areas of the road that are not visible in a vehicle's mirrors

  • Maintain Sufficient Distance Between Vehicles

    Large trucks take more time to stop than smaller vehicles

  • Obey the Rules of the Road

    Truckers are not excluded from following speed limits, seat belt laws, or any other safety rules of the road

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