Top 5 Back-To-School Driving Tips

Top 5 Back-To-School Driving Tips

August 05, 2017 0 Comments

It's one of the busiest times of the year on the roads. It's back to school time! 

Here our top 5 tips for making sure back to school season is safe:

  1. Check the crosswalk. Just when you think you’re in the clear, a latecomer is making a mad dash in hopes of beating the tardy bell. Double-check the crosswalks to ensure no one magically appears in the street.
  2. Slow down in the school zones. No matter how irresistible the urge is to creep your speedometer up to 60 km per hour, pump your brakes. The speed limit in a school zone is 40km/h. If you go faster, you’re not only in danger of hitting a child, but you could also get a ticket.

  3. Stay behind the bus.  Statistics show that more bus passengers are killed when loading and unloading a bus. That’s why it’s imperative that traffic on all sides stop when a school bus kicks on its flashing red lights and deploys the side stop sign. It may seem like a long wait, and maybe it is, but the bus drivers are doing what’s best for the passengers and so should you.

  4. No cellphones please. No matter how talented you are at multi-tasking, it only takes a second to have an accident. Keep you eyes off your text messages and on the road. The life you save may be that of a preschooler.

  5. Watch out for high school drivers. When driving near high school campuses, remember your defensive driving techniques. Many of the drivers haven’t let the laminate completely dry on their new licenses before hitting the road.  When it comes to driving, you’re the big man or woman on campus. Be careful and don’t let your guard down in front of the rookies.

    So when the kids are getting ready to tackle the books again, it may not hurt to take a slight refresher course on back-to-school driving.  The commute during the school year is not as simple as it looks. You can learn more about our refresher course here.