Most people realize that there are going to be more children along the roadways or crossing the street when they approach their local schools. There is also an increase in the number of teen drivers near these buildings, as they head to school with their new licenses.
As a driver who has to pass through a school zone each day, it’s important that you know how you can avoid car crashes with others and take steps to protect the young people around you. Here are four tips for getting through a school zone safely.
- Consider driving at a different time of day
This isn’t always possible, but when it is, it’s a good idea to travel at a different time of day rather than during the school rush. Early in the morning, from around 6 a.m. until 9 a.m., you’ll see more traffic around schools. The same is true in the early afternoon between around 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Avoiding this traffic will greatly reduce your risk of being involved in a crash and will reduce traffic congestion.
- Put down your devices
School zones can be unpredictable. Put down your devices and pay attention to the road, so that you are less likely to cause a crash or be unable to stop in an emergency.
- Slow down
Many school zones have a 20 mph speed limit. Even if the school zone lights aren’t flashing or you don’t see anyone around, slow down. It may take you a few seconds longer to get through the school zone, but your safer driving could help save a life.
- Talk to your loved ones about school zone safety
Whether you’re older without children or you have kids who go to school, talk to those in your family about school zone safety. Drivers should be prepared to slow down and carefully monitor their surroundings. Children should be taught how to cross the road safely and avoid accidents.
These tips may help you avoid a crash in a school zone. If you are hit there, the party who struck you could be held liable for any injuries you suffered.