Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we want all of our neighbors to have a safe start to the upcoming new school year. More cars and school buses will be on the roads, more kids will be crossing streets and on the sidewalks, and more teenagers will be driving to and from school. Follow these tips to stay as safe as possible while driving during back-to-school season:
Stop for School Buses
It’s the law that you must stop behind stopped school buses. Obey the flashing lights and extended stop signs, and allow for both a greater following distance and a greater stopping distance, as children can often behave in an unpredictable manner.
Respect School Zones
Follow all of the lower speed limits in school zones and always keep your eyes on the road. This will help you stay prepared for any children who will be in the area as well as the influx of parent drivers.
Watch for Cyclists
Some kids might ride their bikes to school, and if they are on the road, they have just as much of a right to it as you do. Pass slowly and afford yourself at least 3 feet of space between you and the bike. Also watch for cyclists coming from behind when opening your door.
Advice for Teens
If you’re a teen driver or the parent of a teen driver, know that abiding all school zone speed limits and keeping your eyes on the road are the most important rules to follow at all times. Don’t allow distractions and always be aware of your surroundings, especially near children.