It’s back to school time!

It’s that time of year again. Back to school means more kids and parents on our roads using very different modes of transportation. Back-to-school safety isn’t just for parents and kids. The entire community needs to use extra caution when out on the road. Here are safety tips that parents, students, and drivers of all ages should follow.

Tips for Driving in School Zones

♥ Tips for Driving in School Zones

  • Slow down and obey speed limits
  • Stay alert and put your cell phone down
  • Watch out for new traffic patterns and pedestrian traffic
  • NEVER pass a bus loading or unloading students
  • Stop and yield to those using the crosswalks
  • Be aware of crossing guards and follow their instructions

♥ Tips for Kids Walking and Biking to School

  • Map out a safe route, preferably with sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Review pedestrian and bicycle safety rules and remind them to follow all traffic rules, signs, and signals
  • Avoid the use of cell phones and headphones while walking or biking
  • Be visible with light or reflective clothing and bike lights
  • Make eye contact with drivers, especially when crossing a street

♥ Tips for Kids Taking the Bus

  • Follow all of the bus driver’s rules
  • Arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early
  • Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on or off the bus
  • Never walk behind the school bus
  • Make eye contact with the driver when crossing the street
  • Stay 10 feet in front of and look left, right, left when crossing in front of the bus

♥ Tips for Kids Driving to School

  • Establish a safe route to and from school
  • Ban the use of cell phones entirely while driving
  • Learn the state laws and restrictions related to teen drivers
  • Discourage eating, drinking, and grooming on the way to and from school
  • Obey speed limits and watch out for other students near schools

Did You Know?

Don’t enter the Danger Zone! The Danger Zone refers to the area immediately surrounding the school bus, where it’s challenging for the bus driver to see children. Children should be aware that this zone extends approximately 10 feet in front of the bus, 10 feet on either side of the bus, and the entire area behind the bus.

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Tampa General Hospital

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